Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mensch•Marks Table of Contents

Introduction: Mensch•Marks

One - Work and Worship
Mensch•Mark 1– A Young Rabbi (…are exuberance and wisdom the product of one’s age?)
Mensch•Mark 2 – Gentleman’s Agreement (…afflicting the comfortable)
Mensch•Mark 3 – The Santa Suit: Do the Clothes Make the Rabbi? (…does appearance define us?)
Mensch•Mark 4 – Rising Above the Hate (…being more authentically loving by facing one’s enemy)
Mensch•Mark 5 – Saturday Morning Fever (…I’m sick; should I hug the Bat Mitzvah?)
Mensch•Mark 6 – Regaining Touch with Touching (…touching souls in a germophobic age)
Mensch•Mark 7 – Dancing Sheva (…the rhythms of sacred time)
Mensch•Mark 8 – Shedding the Baggage (… baring my soul before God)

Two - Loving and Letting Go
Mensch•Mark 9 – Fathers and Sons (…the power of parental presence)
Mensch•Mark 10 – The Dangling Knife (…at a son’s bris, the parent as sculptor – and shield)
Mensch•Mark 11 – Hugging, Blessing, Letting Go (…with every embrace there must be a release)
Mensch•Mark 12– Leaping with Angels (…choosing between my sick child and a dying congregant)
Mensch•Mark 13 –My Brother’s Keeper (…my brother’s disabilities and our intertwined destinies)
Mensch•Mark 14 – The Peter Panning of America (…can the past remain ever-present?)

Three – The Nobility of Normalcy
Mensch•Mark 15 – Living on the Back Pages (…holiness lies in the sacred pulse of daily life)
Mensch•Mark 16 – The Forbidden Oreo (…the snack we eat reveals the masks we wear)
Mensch•Mark 17 – The Invisible Fence (…the importance of setting behavioral boundaries)
Mensch•Mark 18– The Power Grid (…recognizing power’s limits – and potential)

Four - Pain and Perseverance
Mensch•Mark 19 – The Other Side of the Bed (…the healer as patient)
Mensch•Mark 20– Numb and Numb-er (…a rabbi’s job is not to numb the pain)
Mensch•Mark 21 – Goodness and Mercy (…finding my voice at my first funeral)
Mensch•Mark 22 – Over and Out (…in which I am asked to “out” a congregant at his funeral)
Mensch•Mark 23 – The Vale of Tears (…a condolence call to a place of unspeakable suffering)
Mensch•Mark 24 – The Towers (…the chutzpah to reach for the sky)

Five - Belonging
Mensch•Mark 25 – The Yarmulke Bin (…even beanies become souvenirs from Sinai)
Mensch•Mark 26 – Bar Mitzvah Nation (…what happens when “they like us, they really like us”)
Mensch•Mark 27 – My Father’s Huppah (…a Catholic Tevye.  Sounds crazy, no?)
Mensch•Mark 28 – Jews of the Jungle (…lessons from the cruel and supremely tranquil savannah)
Mensch•Mark 29 – The Wall and the Mall (…What makes a place “holy?”)
Mensch•Mark 30– Where Spring Forever Dwells (…recognizing that heaven is other people)
Mensch•Mark 31 – Kosher Pigs (…in religion hypocrisy can be a good thing)

Six – Failure, Forgiveness, Justice and Kindness
Mensch•Mark 32 – Crisis (…my greatest test of faith – and most lasting life lesson)
Mensch•Mark 33 – Championing Civility (’s impossible to avoid gossip, but essential to try)
Mensch•Mark 34 – “Do You Think I’m Evil?” (…the stain of hatred on the human soul)
Mensch•Mark 35 – Piercing the Heavens (…the purest form of prayer)
Mensch•Mark 36 –  The Good Swastika (…finding truth in all religions)
Mensch•Mark 37 – Going, Going Gone (… a baseball immortal and overcoming tribal loyalties)
Mensch•Mark 38 – Developing God’s Image (…God’s love glows from a human face)
Mensch•Mark 39 – From “I” to “Wii” (…overcoming selfishness as a key to happiness)
Mensch•Mark 40 – The God of Love (…my great grandfather and a legacy of unconditional love)

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