Lead Us From Truth to Untruth

  A Diwali 2018 Reflection By Anantanand Rambachan   More than 2,500 years ago, a priest in Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad (Yajur Veda) prayed: Lead us from untruth to truth-asatō mā sadgamaya Lead us from darkness to light-tamasō mā jyōtirgamaya Lead us from death to immortal life- mr̥tyōrmā amr̥taṁ gamaya Om Peace, Peace, Peace- Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ … Continue reading Lead Us From Truth to Untruth

Introduction to Practices

By Stephanie Paulsell Stephanie Paulsell’s “The Art of Living: Practices for Flourishing in a Fractured World” was presented at Vassar College on February 22, 2018; her talk was part of Vassar’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life’s participation in a multi-year Luce Foundation grant on practices, “Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World,” directed out of … Continue reading Introduction to Practices

The Sacrifice of Sarah: Acknowledging the Real Victim of the Binding of Isaac

Rabbi Ira J. Dounn   Have you heard of the Sacrifice of Sarah? No, you probably haven’t, because it isn’t recorded in the Torah. We often think that the Binding of Isaac episode had a happy ending. Even though G-d commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, G-d stops Abraham from going through with it and Abraham … Continue reading The Sacrifice of Sarah: Acknowledging the Real Victim of the Binding of Isaac


Maya Wahrman (This poem was composed in response to arrests by ICE of multiple people in Princeton, NJ; some of the families are known to the author.)   Not here, they said. Not here, a knock on the door before winter’s late dawn a small boy reaching for the doorknob, a mamá slaps his hand … Continue reading Hineni