Empathy

Empathy By Jane B. Mayer   A wise friend and I were discussing the difficult time so many folks are having right now.  We spoke of how the act of extending support and empathy to another often activates discomfort and sometimes even shame in the person on the...

Thinking like a push broom—or a leaf blower

Thinking like a push broom—or a leaf blower Jane and I are not engaged in conversation at the moment. We spoke some twenty minutes ago, before I came into the backyard, went to the garden shed, and got the black-moustached push broom that I now push. We are mellow,...

The Best $20 I ever gave away

The Best $20 I gave away New York City. Manhattan. 2005. I had a presentation in Philly and extended the trip to visit my family of origin.  It’s a humid Tuesday afternoon, and I’m picking up my niece at her Spanish language summer School slash day camp. Maya is...

Cancel Culture

Cancel Culture—with God  rB:“God, I have some thoughts I need to work out. You mind me using the artifice of an imagined conversation with you?”  God:“Fair enough. Glad to help. Go ahead.”  rB:“OK, so last night, I’m watching Family Guy with Emmett, and...

True Miracles

True Miracles “So whatever is bringing you from Los Angeles to Lynchburg,” asks the woman with the slight southern drawl next to me on the route from Dallas. “This airplane,” I tease and quickly follow up, “but seriously, a mentor of mine invited me to perform as part...

Revelation: Love. As is.

Revelation: Love. As is. Not far from the first synagogue where I am working as a rabbi, on Ventura Boulevard, about a mile to the west of Lindsey Avenue, and just east of Balboa, I have a revelation. It happens as Jane and I are eating a sushi dinner. I am a...