Beautiful music
By Rabbi Oren Postrel
Thursday, February 18, 2010

I’ve recently had a revelation that includes both music and silence. The music part is decidedly popular culture and the silence is decidedly a true spiritual revelation, yet somehow I’m inspired in differing degrees, by both. I’d like to connect them here for you for the first time.

When I learned about the earthquake and tragedy in Haiti, I was at a silent retreat for 37 other rabbis in Los Angeles. The leaders warned us saying, “it’s going to be bad, so you should be ready.” We retained our silence,  more….

Gratitude: The sign of a healthy mind
By Rabbi Oren Postrel
Thursday, November 19, 2009

In Judaism we have lots of blessings, lots. You may remember the final scene at the end of the Broadway play “Fiddler on the Roof” as the townspeople are being driven away from their Russian village, one asks the rabbi, “Is there a blessing for the Czar?” “Yes,” answers the rabbi. “May God keep the Czar far away from us.” Blessings are the backbone of Jewish practice. And while I was lecturing at the Napa Valley College, one student asked, “what’s the goal and the reward for being Jewish?” It stumped me. And I thought, and here is a fuller answer.

Blessings. Blessings are the reward and the goal. More…