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Author: Sarah M. Seltzer

I Didn’t Go to Services This Year, But…

I didn’t go to services this year because every time I logged on to Zoom services I immediately grew restless and twitchy and grief-triggered and I ended up shopping for hoodies on Lululemon.  

Embodying Eve

This origin story of Adam & Eve has been used to punish, to instill regret, to sever us from one another. What if it’s also our salvation?

The Pain of Singing Carlebach

Wrestling with the legacy of signing melodies by Shlomo Carlebach— prolific and influential song leader, and also a known abuser.

On Mourning & Public Confessions

Interview with activist Yehudah Webster & filmmaker Hannah Roodman on teshuva, documenting actions, and integrating spirituality with social justice. 

Facing History at the Angel Island Immigration Station

My great-grandfather was detained at Angel Island. Immigrants carved tens of thousands of poems into every square inch of the barrack walls, describing their anguish of captivity and longing for home.