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  • Pen In The Sky

    By Emily Stern

    September 24, 2014 | 10:23 am

    I'm fine with the image of a pen in the sky
    as long as it's feathered, and
    can chisel through stone.

    Draw the truth in all of the world.
    Get fancy and very straightforward.

    Show us the lines
    to break through the schmutz
    reveal what's inside.
    Reveal to us Your heartfelt design.

    If your soul paints the world,
    write our book of glowing streams
    already here, already perfect, already whole.

    Simply lift and return us again.
    We’re ready to live in the daylight
    of Grace, hand in hand. Yours always.

     

    Shana Tova!

  • Compassionate kapparot: use coins, not chickens

    September 23, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    How does one remove sin and guarantee one’s name in the Book of Life during the Ten Days of Repentance? Here’s one way that does not work: Take a factory-farmed white hen out of a battery cage in the sweltering heat, wave it over your head, say “This is my exchange, this is my...

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