How Much Are You Willing to Pay?

A few weeks ago at a library bookshop I picked up a book that I’d been meaning to read for a long time, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. I’m glad I read the...

The Other Side is Worth the Journey

Several people I know are facing challenging times so I decided to share some encouragement from my side of the world. I’d heard about that dark night of the soul; that time in your life when you go...

The Other and Julian’s Promise

In contemporary discussions of religion and religious discourse the notion of God’s alterity, or “Otherness,” is often foregrounded. This rhetorical gesture, very nearly a commonplace, derives from the philosophical work of Emmanuel Levinas and...

The True Light of God

Gurucharanam Saranam The man with the power of clairvoyance slowly opened his eyes and said: ‘When I observe your life, I see a bright light, which is very rare.  It is the true light of...

12 Words of Holy Days Issue of TIFERET

12 Words of Holy Days Issue of TIFERET The imagination plays vividly in the holiday season's dance between light and dark, spirit and the material world. So, this year we want fiction stories that touch...

Jewish Values and the Right to Health Care

Is there a basic human right to health care? Or is health care a “privilege” that applies only to those who can afford it? And what is the Judaic perspective on this controversial issue,...

After a Death, an Ant Reminds Me to Choose Life

A writer I admired passed away on Saturday, March 2.  I met Robyn Richey Piz in a class at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and she invited me to join a writing salon.  I...

Jesus says: Throw Caution to the Wind!

I want to start by saying, that regardless of how lily-livered, judgmental, and boring some folks portray Jesus in modern America, that is not at all my experience of him. For me, to put...
Peace is all thee is

HaTikvah – by Aviva Derenowski

The Israeli national hymn is called “Hatikvah” which translates as “The Hope.” It expresses the hope of the Jewish people to settle in Israel, and make it their home, after an exile of two...

2012 Writing Contest

TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature offers monetary awards in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.