Where Does Truth Live?
(Within Us.) 

Lisa Goldstein
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein
The truth is that telling the truth is not so easy. The sages of the midrash wryly told that when God decided to create human beings, the ministering angels broke into factions. Justice and Lovingkindness were in favor of this new creation, saying that people would do acts of 
tzedek  and  chesed . Peace objected that they would engage in war and Truth protested that humans would be filled with deceit. God's response was to hurl Truth down to the earth, but the other angels rushed to its defense. "Is not Truth Your seal?" they said. And quoting Psalm 85, they added, "Let truth spring up from the earth!"

In this rabbinic take on human nature, Truth, of course, tells the truth that human beings have a hard time living truthfully. But I find the end of the midrash ambiguous. Did Truth return to the heavenly abode? Or did it remain among us to instruct and inspire us? What makes it so difficult to tell the truth?


by Rabbi Marc Margolius

by Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

with Rabbi David Jaffe
by Rabbi Toba Spitzer


Upcoming Programs:

Practicing Pesach: Cultivating Emet

Marc Margolius
Rabbi Marc Margolius
In these days of "truthiness," "alternative facts" and "fake news, the  middah (spiritual/ethical quality) of  Emet/Truth takes on particular urgency. Pesach invites us to cultivate greater awareness of truthfulness in our thoughts and speech, and to expand our freedom to direct the sacred gift of language to promoting  Emet/Truth in the world.

Be Your Awakened Heart

Sheila Weinberg

Rabbi Sheila Weinberg

Waking up is like doing yoga.
It takes strength, flexibility, and balance
and it is a lot easier when you breathe.

"Cultivating Truth as a Spiritual Practice":
Webinar Registration 

Rabbi David Jaffe

Wednesday, April 5, 3:00PM (ET)
David Jaffe explores truth-telling in the second of a series of Institute webinars exploring how mindfulness practice can be connected to the challenging political climate of our time. 

Click here to register.
 A Meditation for a Personal Bedikat Hametz
Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Passover is ultimately about freedom and new beginnings.  The exodus from Egypt is a birth story - the birth of the Israelite people, and of a new kind of society, covenanted in love and justice.  Passover is also a spring holiday, celebrating the first harvest and the new birth of the flocks.  So part of the practice of clearing out  hametz  is linked to this sense of beginning, of new possibilities - clearing out the old, to make room for the new.
 Beyond the Traditional: Haggadot for All of Us
Each year, we like to offer a collection of haggadot available for download or purchase to enrich your seder practice. Some of these we have sent to you before, and others, such as the  Ayeka  haggadah are brand-new this year! We hope that your seder is joyful, mindful, authentic, and full of meaning, and that this Festival of Freedom helps to move us closer to the world we long for!