Posts in Judaism
Reflections on Parashat Vayeitzei

These moments in Laban’s story stand out to me because it often feels to me that in our modern world different religions are exclusively distinct to one another. We have to be either-or-neither something. The idea that we can be both, that we can be pluralistic in our thinking or living or identifying frequently feels dismissed or degraded as this sort of fluffy, feel-good liberal indecisiveness. And while that may very well be the case, the Torah provides a historical reference point for that attitude as well. Laban, for all his character flaws, and for all his teraphim and pagan religiousity, is someone G-d chooses to speak to—through divination, no less!

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JudaismPat Mosley
Sitting Shiva for the State of Jewish America

On October 27th, 2018, Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and opened fire on congregants while proclaiming his desire to kill all Jews. This was an antisemitic massacre, plain and simple. It was not an isolated incident, but a violent outburst in a climate of antisemitism which has festered in the United States for some time.

In the last week since the massacre, Jews in America have been in mourning and in reflection over what this attack means for our community, our understanding of Jewish identity in the States, and how we address the cultural antisemitism which informed it.

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Grief, JudaismPat Mosley
Unburdening from this Old Self on Yom Kippur

Yesterday I learned that I needed to repent to my younger self. All this time I’ve been carrying him and his tears close to my chest, and we’ve never once set down that emotional baggage and allowed ourselves to live free from it. I’m older now, and I need to tell him that it’s going to be okay. I need to tell myself that, and I need to forgive myself for not accepting it sooner.

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JudaismPat Mosley