Pirkhei Avot

A Vacation is Hard Work!

08/10/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It is not your duty to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.” – Pirke Avot 2:16

I’m snuggled up in my bed, laptop on my right, and half-read novel on the left. I just returned from my two weeks as faculty at URJ’s Crane Lake Camp, and I am finally settling into my much-needed vacation. It’s become routine that the bulk of August each year is my vacation, which allows me both to recover from the year and prepare for the High Holy Days to come.

Rabbi Marci Bellows

Skydiving Through Life: We Are Responsible for the Present

12/28/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

When I was in college, I went skydiving over the plains of Texas. Three years later, wanting to relive that unique moment of transcendence and tested limits, I went skydiving again, this time over the Swiss Alps. Ten years later, I’ve learned to embrace a spiritual alternative to jumping out of planes.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek, Director of Jewish Life and Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA Hillel.
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