I am still a bit stunned – but in a good way.

If you haven’t heard by now, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges (and three related cases) that the Constitution guarantees a right to same sex marriage.  Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, concluded that:

[The petitioners’] plea is that they do respect [marriage], respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.

Incidentally, the same Roberts court ruled yesterday in King v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act’s insurance subsidies are legal, thus saving Obamacare from yet another legal challenge.

And in the terrible aftermath of a racist/terrorist attack in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, major US retailers as well as folks in almost a half a dozen southern states are questioning (or at least are beginning to question) the public display of the Confederate flag.  (Though I would be even more heartened by a spirited discussion about the ready availability of guns, it’s a good start…)

So with Shabbat coming soon to close out the week, I would say it ended better than it started.

Happy #Pride2015 and Shabbat shalom!


TanakhCast will be returning this summer!

Just a quick note to update y’all about TanakhCast.  Fear not – it will return this summer!

TanakhCast #60: The Signifying Shimshon Edition


SamsonDestroyTempleIn this week’s episode: Judges 12-16.  We consider Shimshon the most unjudgy of judges who carries himself like Hercules but is as tricksy as a monkey all the while outsmarting and sticking it to the Man in Philistia.

TanakhCast #59: The Writerly Text Edition


In this week’s episode: Judges 8-11.  We continue in the Book of Judges with an examination of stories which make demands of their listeners, and how a little work of unpacking goes a long way in internalizing the meaning.


TanakhCast #58: The Token Counter-Hegemonic Feminine Intervention Edition


In this week’s episode: Judges 4-7. We are joined by provocateur and rabbinic trickster Caryn Aviv as we consider the anomalous stories of Devorah and Yael who literally and figuratively stick it to the Man.

And, as promised, here’s the link to more information about biblical women at the Jewish Women’s Archive.

TanakhCast #57: The Circle of Strife Edition


In this week’s episode: Judges 1-3.  We begin the Book of Judges with an examination of that famous dictum “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” as we consider the forgetfulness of the Jews after their oppression is lifted by God’s elected judge.

TanakhCast #56: The Adieu Adieu Adieu Edition


sound_of_music_goodbyeIn this week’s episode: Joshua 20-24.  We conclude the Book of Joshua with a look at farewell speeches and what Yehoshua should have said but didn’t.

TanakhCast #56 is coming soon!

fluApologies for the extended silence, but the next episode of TanakhCast is coming as soon as I firmly find my lost voice.

TanakhCast #55: The Bulwark Against Injustice Edition


lotteryIn this week’s episode: Joshua 16-19.  We consider how, sometimes, pulling a pebble out of a hat is a much fairer way to make a decision about who gets to pick the restaurant or who gets to settle in the hill country or who gets to run our democracy.  Yes.  Democracy.  Even that quack Aristotle thought so too.

Third Temple Indiegogo Update

The word is… GO.

The Third Temple Institute met its funding goal on Indiegogo and now, as promised, must begin construction of the Third Temple.

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