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Kabbalah helps us repair internal and external connections.
Weave Your Body Whole

New book response at Curious, Healing. Have you read this? Comments welcome!
"Rising Strong" by Brene Brown

Word of the Year
Last year's word was "music." I took a year of piano lessons and went to a week-long singing camp in the summer. This year's word is "ease". I want to treat myself with kindness as I choose what to take on. What is your word of the year for 2016?

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I'm gathering resources and information about Kabbalah by women. I'll update this post as I learn more.

http://kolaleph.org/2015/03/30/jewish-renewal-omer-offerings-online/ has lots of resources, some of which I'm listing here. (via a coworker, who also said, "I liked that idea about not acquiring some already-formed idea like a feminist reading of kabbalah...but being a feminist reading kabbalah." I like that too.)

Through the Gates: A Practice for Counting the Omer by Susan Windle (link has a Kindle preview).

An Omer calendar with meanings for the sefirot, by Rabbi Goldie Milgram. Also Omer blog posts, sadly interrupted by computer troubles.

Daily Omer poetry by the Velveteen Rabbi, Rachel Barenblat (via [personal profile] liv).

Two books about feminist Judaism: Lynn Gottleib's "She Who Dwells Within", and Leah Novick's "On the Wings of the Shekhinah" (via [personal profile] batdina). I got one of these at Powells, and requested the other at the library, and hope I can keep up with the stack of books to read.

This search helps me notice how many wise strong Jewish women I have in my life. What a gift.
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"The higher truth is that our experiences are absolutely fitting for each of us." I thought the Holocaust would prevent any Jew from letting that pass their lips, much less committing it to writing in a "spiritual" book.

I find it personally, viscerally offensive. I can't live in a world where I chose or deserved, at any level, the terrible things that were done to me. Not as part of the Holocaust, but perhaps as a sort of backwash from it, since I was raised by people directly affected by it.

How could a Rabbi say that, one old enough that he might have been alive during the Holocaust? In a chapter about compassion and empathy, no less. Look someone in the eye and say that, someone with a number tattooed on them. Look at a photo of skeletal people rescued from a death camp and say that. Look at someone raped as a child and say that.

I was just writing with my aunt about her aunts and uncles, and she wrote, this one and this one and that one were assassinated in the Holocaust. (In Spanish.) They couldn't possibly have deserved that. Nor did my aunt deserve to grow up without extended family around her.

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