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A Season to Remember

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for Miriam Some wounds, old wounds, with their ragged edges, with their hardened skin, never fully heal.   We sat in the dimmed living room, lights twinkling on the tree, listening to Christmas music, and she said, “My mother loved this time of year.”   I caught...

The Idiot

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I recently read a collection of essays that included Herman Hesse’s “Thoughts on The Idiot by Dostoyevsky.” In it, Hesse writes that Prince Myshkin has been so often compared to Jesus because each lives...

Interview with Poet Hal Sirowitz on “Being Human”

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We've published Hal Sirowitz's wonderful poetry in earlier issues of Tiferet. You'll enjoy this recent interview with him on "Being Human." Be sure to scroll down - there are two parts to the interview! http://www.riffraf.typepad.com/

Thoughts: Positive or Negative

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I heard in a sermon recently that negative thoughts take up twice as much room in the brain as positive ones. That means a healthy brain has to work twice as hard to push...

Pondering Dogen and Proust

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Recently I interviewed the novelist and Zen Buddhist prist, Ruth Ozeki, on the occasion of the publication of her new book, A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING. I made a commitment to myself to...

Pausing Long Enough to See

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I've been listening to reflections on beauty by Irish poet, philosopher and Catholic scholar John O'Donohue.  It feels as though each sentence and thought he shares is one to be relished, held close to...

Hay House Writer’s Workshop in San Francisco

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The Writer's Workshop in San Francisco features a series of lectures and events and an impressive array of featured authors. This event is sponsored by Hay House and will be held on October 5...
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Excerpt from Last Minute Talmud Review by Yehoshua November

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The following poem appears in our Spring/Summer 2020 which we’ve decided to share not just with our paying subscribers but with our full community free of charge during these astonishing times. If anyone wishes...

Change and Spiritual Surrender: Opening Yourself to the Possibility of Greatness

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If you have been involved in personal development and spiritual growth you have probably heard someone talk about surrender. Surrender can be different things to different people. When you see a movie and character...

Talking with Jesus at Starbucks

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I sit down at a table in Starbucks, waiting for a friend.  There’s a fairly scruffy guy probably in his mid-60’s sitting alone with his pack of cigarettes reading a newpaper at the table next...