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Rachel Barenblat
Rachel Barenblat became a rabbi in January of 2011, and has been blogging as The Velveteen Rabbi since 2003.
Interests: Judaism, religion, ecumenism, poetry, motherhood, Christianity, Islam, liturgy, prayer, midrash, fandom.
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Toggle Commented 4 hours ago on Tabernacle at Velveteen Rabbi
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The Tabernacle at the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, built 1879. We took a ferry to Martha's Vineyard not knowing what exactly we wanted to see. Our friends with whom we were vacationing offered to watch our kid for the... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Velveteen Rabbi
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The summer I was fifteen, I spent a month as an exchange student in a small city in Brittany. The city was called Lannion, and it was adjacent to Perros-Guirec, which was the hometown of my middle school French teacher.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Velveteen Rabbi
Thank you, Gary, and thank you for reading!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Longing, Exit 16 at Velveteen Rabbi
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Thank you for being here with me, dear Dale.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Longing, Exit 16 at Velveteen Rabbi
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Turn here if your heart aches if someone you love is out of reach if a beloved is suffering and you wish more than anything -- Turn here if you've wanted what you didn't have or couldn't have if love... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Velveteen Rabbi
Tisha b'Av is coming. On the ninth day of the lunar month of Av -- on the Gregorian / secular calendar, that date is coming up this Saturday -- Jews around the world will gather in mourning. We will mourn... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
I'm glad this spoke to you, Teri. Thank you for reading!
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on Revising my sermons; revising me at Velveteen Rabbi
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I'm so glad this resonates for you, Mary Anne! And I love your point that the more prepared you are internally, the more you have to share with those who come to church -- I know that feeling.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on Revising my sermons; revising me at Velveteen Rabbi
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One of the things I talked about last week at Kenyon, with my students who were there to learn how to blog, was the question of whether one is an external or an internal processor. Some people think and ponder... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
Me too! So much.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on Airport havdalah at Velveteen Rabbi
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That shift resonates for me on so many levels.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on Airport havdalah at Velveteen Rabbi
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Sun slides behind the concourse. It's still today, but the coming week encroaches. My mind clicks through obligations like prayer beads. Then the chat window opens. You type the first words of havdalah. Behold! The God of my redemption. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
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Photo by Rabbi Jason Miller. On Friday morning at Beyond Walls I gave a talk about being a blogging rabbi. I talked about how I began Velveteen Rabbi, the journey through rabbinic school and becoming a congregational rabbi, the gifts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
This sounds wonderful - kol hakavod!
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2015 on A mincha beyond walls at Velveteen Rabbi
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Thank you, dear Evan. Shabbat shalom to you and yours!
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2015 on A mincha beyond walls at Velveteen Rabbi
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There has not been formal prayer at Beyond Walls, though each morning and evening someone leads a meditation which features some silence and some words or prayer or song. Midweek, one of the Jewish participants suggested that we gather to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
On Tuesday evening I was blessed with the opportunity to lead our evening meditation at Beyond Walls. I had planned to sing two prayers, with some silent meditation in between, and that's exactly what I did -- first the ma'ariv... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
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On the Jewish calendar we're in the period called bein ha-meitzarim, "between the narrows" or "in tight straits." This three-week journey began with 17 Tamuz, the day when we remembered the long-ago first breach of Jerusalem's city walls. It will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
Last night Marie Howe gave a poetry reading. I'm a longtime fan. I still remember a commencement address she gave at the Bennington Writing Seminars some years ago, and I read an excerpt from her poem "What the Living Do"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
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I'm spending this week at Kenyon College... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
Again the ache floods my ribcage, wets my face with salt. Missing you wells up in me: painful undertow. The water is wide and I can't see you on the distant shore. What use my hands if I can't touch... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
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Someday I'll have time to write for Lilith magazine again. (Somehow between my congregation, our five year old, and ALEPH, I don't seem to pitch many articles to editors these days. Go figure.) But I'm honored to be quoted in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi
Thanks, Peter! The nod to psalm 139 was definitely intentional. :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2015 on Your voice knocks at Velveteen Rabbi
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When I wake your name is honey on my lips. All day long you're with me. My heart rests in your hand. I am safe in your embrace. You know my innermost parts. Nothing I say nothing I am could... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Velveteen Rabbi