Grounding in Our Dreams: How Dreams Connect Us to the Cosmos and Ourselves

Excerpt from Undertorah: An Earth-based Kabbalah of Dreams, forthcoming from Ayin Press in 2021. “It was the same dream every night just as I went to sleep… It was like drums beating so loud that you think they are your heartbeat. It was the Presence, whatever that means. The Presence was all around.” Patricia Bulkley1 …

Judeopessimism: On Antisemitism and Afropessimism

In December 2020,  The Forward, a national Jewish weekly, published a series of essays about a dispute between an author, Marc Dollinger, and his editors at Brandeis University Press. This argument concerned a new preface Dollinger had prepared for a second edition of his book Black Power, Jewish Politics (2018). In the new preface, Dollinger …

Returning Home: Jewish Trauma & Psychedelic Healing

“Am I gonna be okay? Am I gonna be okay?” Over and over I repeated the question. I can’t recall how many times I said it—because at a certain point, I wasn’t really there anymore. The “I” in question was somewhere else. Or maybe “I” had simply dissolved, leaving my body, my nervous system to …

Remainders Revisited: An Exilic Journey from Hakham Sasson Khdhuri to Joseph Sassoon Semah

The significance of place (makom in Hebrew, makan in Arabic) is especially meaningful in the narration of a displaced community—the Jewish-Iraqi community in this case—particularly in the wake of overpowering political forces that, in one form or another, generated a historical vortex that rendered impossible a millennial existence in Mesopotamia. The enormous task of shepherding …