Religion & Beliefs

My Journey to Flexidoxy – or, At Home on the Slippery Slope

My Journey to Flexidoxy – or, At Home on the Slippery Slope
By July 1, 2006

1. Weaving When I was in my twenties, I wrote a book on the philosophy of halacha, as I had come to understand it over a half-decade of being a baal tshuva, one who takes on religious observance later in … Read More

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Fear of Fun

Fear of Fun
By June 1, 2006

1. As I approach my 35th birthday, I wonder if I’m having too much fun. Surely by now I should settle down, stop going to Burning Man, and, you know, grow up. It’s easy at 25 to say “seize the … Read More

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life
By June 1, 2006

1. Timothy Leary calls the Biblical prohibition against eating from the Tree of Knowledge the beginning of the control of substances. Eden is the first drug war. But in my Hasidic paradigm, the Tree of Knowledge is the law itself. … Read More

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Aliyah: Trans(Per)forming Jewish Ritual

Aliyah: Trans(Per)forming Jewish Ritual
By May 1, 2006

The body is nothing more than a garment. When they are naming souls in the upper world and they call out “So-and-So, the daughter of Such-and-Such,” no body yet exists, not even in the womb. Not only that—what about the … Read More

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The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory
By April 1, 2006

And who by brave assent, who by accident, who in solitude, who in this mirror, who by his lady’s command, who by his own hand, who in mortal chains, who in power, and who shall I say is calling? -Leonard … Read More

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A parable on the state of the Jewish mythic world after my hard drive crashed

A parable on the state of the Jewish mythic world after my hard drive crashed
By January 5, 2006

My hard drive and motherboard crashed. If you have experienced this breakdown of the extension of your memory, these tools which hold your information, you can feel with me how the invisible means of support of the cyber-world can be … Read More

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