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Rachel Barenblat
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The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers begins today! And I'm teaching  a psalm-writing workshop. Read all about it: http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2015/03/a-reminder-psalm-workshop-coming-up.html
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New on Velveteen Rabbi: thanking God for more light.

http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2015/02/more-light.html
I snapped this photograph out of our bedroom window yesterday morning. The giant mass of ice at the right of the frame is a series of icicles -- some of which are far taller than I am! -- which have...
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New on Velveteen Rabbi: a d'var Torah about last week's Torah portion -- about the Torah of 40. (What's the Torah of 40? Read on to find out!)

http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2015/02/terumah-the-torah-of-40.html
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New on Velveteen Rabbi: spreading a bit of hope -- highlighting some stories of coexistence and compassion.

http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2015/02/spreading-a-little-bit-of-hope-.html
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New on Velveteen Rabbi: celebration and change in deep winter. Or, why I need Purim so much as we reach this time of year!

http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2015/02/celebration.html
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New on Velveteen Rabbi: a post about the new moon of Adar, which is almost upon us; and joy; and hopes of spring.

http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2015/02/new-moon-is-coming.html
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I have a new essay in The Wisdom Daily, about the #chapelhillshooting , grief, and my fears about why we softpedal and don't want to call this what it is.

http://thewisdomdaily.com/shock-in-chapel-hill-should-we-call-it-terrorism/
On Wednesday morning the world woke to the tragic news of the shooting in Chapel Hill, N.C., of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. A 46-year-old neighbor who turned himself in was subsequently arrested. As of this writing, police are saying the killings may have been related to a dispute over parking spaces, although the father of one of the victims has
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New on Velveteen Rabbi: thoughts on preparing for a funeral in all four worlds - action, emotion, thought, and spirit.

http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2015/02/four-worlds-funeral-preparations.html
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New on Velveteen Rabbi: short reflections on bringing our morning service to the nursing home.

http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2015/02/praying-in-the-nursing-home.html
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New on Velveteen Rabbi: a post about internet use and mindful speech.

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On Velveteen Rabbi: on Shabbat after a week of heartache.

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Rabbi Rachel Barenblat holds an MFA from Bennington and is author of five chapbooks of poetry; her first full-length collection of poems, 70 faces, was published in 2011 by Phoenicia Publishing and her second, Waiting to Unfold, was published by Phoenicia in 2013. Since 2003 she has blogged as The Velveteen Rabbi. She serves Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams, MA.
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ordained by ALEPH, married to Ethan, mother of Drew
Education
  • Williams College
    Religion, 1992 - 1996
  • Bennington Writing Seminars
    Language and Literature, 1997 - 1999
  • ALEPH ordination programs
    Rabbinic ordination, 2005 - 2011
  • Saint Mary's Hall
    1986 - 1992
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On the evening of the Boston marathon bombing, I wrote a post called God is in the helpers, in which I cited the Reverend Kate Braestrup's a

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I am late to make this Mother's Day gift suggestion, but I suspect many people out there will wake up today and say, "I completely forgot th

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I just signed on to J Street's Rabbinic Call To Action In The New Year -- check it out and sign on

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