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The Alchemy of Loss

Twenty-two years ago, someone I was deeply in love with and was engaged to marry, lay down on his bed, put a shotgun to his mouth, and pulled the trigger. He might as well...

EXPLORING THE DIVINE FEMININE

Some newly restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla show what many see as evidence that the early Christian church had women priests. But The Vatican quickly dismissed the claims of the Women's Ordination...

Kabbalah in Winesburg, Ohio

When I studied Integrated Kabbalistic Healing, my teacher Jason Shulman told us about the Hebrew word yesh. One way to translate the word is simply as “there is” or “there are.” But a yesh...

Will You Be My Mother?

I had been in Rwanda for a month, tracing the footsteps of the genocide in the ten thousand hills. This was my last morning, alone in the genocide museum near Kigali. The perfect place...

Underneath the Tarot Moon

I have a monthly tarot card date with my friend Tania.  Tania taught me how to read the cards about twenty years ago.  She got married thirteen years ago and moved to California and...

Knitting as Zen Practice

For years, I've had a knotty relationship with knitting.  As a teenager, I envied friends who, having learned the skill from their mothers, aunts or grandmothers, whipped up scarves and sweaters.  In my freshman...

2013 Contest Winners

Poetry Winners/Honorable Mentions   Definitions by Sandra Kohler Winner   A Little Nightmusic by Ami Kaye Honorable Mention Fox Knows Through Her Window by Katharyn Machan Honorable Mention Fiction Winners/Honorable Mentions   The Root System of Trees by Judith Dancoff  Winner   The Whole Truth by Bob Minder Honorable...

Into the Mystic: Jane Lead

Contrary to popular opinion, “Protestant mystic” is not an oxymoron. Indeed, during the first century or two following the Reformation a great abundance of Protestant mystics flourished. The Silesian cobbler Jacob Boehme may be...

Natalie Goldberg Interview on Tiferet Talk

Today I will have the great fortune of speaking with author, poet, teacher, and painter, Natalie Goldberg about her forthcoming book, The True Secret of Writing for Tiferet Talk. Goldberg is the author of the seminal writing books Writing Down the...

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I I am suffocating. The stairwell is heated by dozens of bodies, climbing up, like salmon, searching for the light. I emerge from the underworld, sucking stale air into my lungs. Beads of salt water scatter and evaporate, while others form rivulets from hairline to chin.   I have...