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Spirituality & religion
When I light candles with my family tonight, I’ll remember to bring the light of Hanukkah—the strong, powerful flame—into other aspects of my life.
Living in Israel has been especially depressing this past month. Kidnappings. Murders. Bombs. Sirens. Air strikes. Demonstrations. Threats of ground troops. I have sworn off Facebook for the moment, after seeing my news feed overrun by messages laced with judgment, fear, rage, self-righteousness, and more. Although my family and I […]
I can certainly understand the urge, expressed by some, to angrily protest Phelps’s funeral as poetic justice for his own bitter behavior. Yet it seems to me that it might feel better to simply take a deep breath after Phelps has exhaled his last, and to work harder than ever to shine more light, more love, on the darkness and hatred he tried to spread.
Yesterday marked the Jewish holiday of Purim. Relatively unknown outside orthodox or conservative circles, it’s a holiday about the triumph of good over evil, the minority over the majority, the prey becoming victor. Purim is a holiday where everything is turned on its head. OK, they’re all like that. But […]
When my family and I decided to move to Hannaton more than three years ago, we assumed, perhaps naively, that becoming kibbutz members would be a straightforward process. We drank from the Kool-Aid that described Hannaton as a progressive, egalitarian religious community, a description that fit(s) us to a tee. […]
Every morning I wake up at six o’clock, half an hour before my wife and kids. I stumble – yes, there’s actual stumbling involved – out to the kitchen, toward the coffee maker that’s lit up like a friend, having timer-brewed my morning cup. I pour the steaming ounces into a […]
Ian Chesir-Teran is a rabbinical student at the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Ian is also a New York-licensed attorney who practices law from his Israeli office in the Jezreel Valley. Ian, formerly of South Orange, New Jersey, is a member of Kibbutz Hannaton, where he […]