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Stephanie Wellen Levine

Essay

Today Is September 11: Fear, Religion’s Dangers, And Hope

By On September 11, 2016

A vast range of interpretive possibility makes religion both glorious and dangerous. September 11, 2001 clarified that for me, as it swept me up in a rare sense of communion with the… Read More

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I’ve Danced With Anti-Semitism, So Who Am I To Judge?

By On August 28, 2016

As I grew up, various unpleasant experiences pushed me dangerously close to anti-Semitic feelings. So can I condemn others who express similar impressions?… Read More

Poem

This World Is Too Much For Me. But I Exist!

By On August 15, 2016

This world's logistics overwhelm me. Appointments, lunch dates: aaaah! But usually, I get by. Me being me, it all feels kind of mystical.… Read More

Poem

Choice: Everything, Nothing, Or Somewhere In Between?

By On July 31, 2016

Choices of all kinds fill our lives. Maybe they're meaningless; maybe they're everything. I tend towards an intermediate approach....… Read More

Essay

Let’s Know Each Other (Kind Of, Maybe, Up To A Point)

By On July 17, 2016

Intimate sharing is wonderful to a point, but dangerous and even bone-chilling beyond that point. The implications are deep and potentially mystical.… Read More

Essay

New York Vs. Boston: My Independence Day Struggle?

By On July 3, 2016

NYC is glorious: the street life, the food, the energy. But Boston is much cheaper and carries much less stress. The dilemma is intense and even spiritual.… Read More

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I Share My Soul Because I Hope For Change: A Father’s Day Exploration Of Openness And Vulnerability

By On June 19, 2016

My writing tends towards intimate self-disclosure. It's exhilarating, terrifying, and dangerous for me. I hope it promotes growth and change.… Read More

Essay

Gender Diversity And Orthodox Jews: A Necessary Dance

By On June 5, 2016

Orthodox Jewish communities hurt and shun many sensitive, vibrant souls who fall beyond traditional gender expectations and identities, but I think they can do better.… Read More

Poem

Hope, Truth, Fear, And My Spiritual Quest. YES!

By On May 22, 2016

My spiritual quest is kind of skewed since I so want our world and lives to have mystical significance. I wrote a poem about it all.… Read More

Essay

My Newborn Afterlife Realm

By On May 8, 2016

I gave birth to a rich afterlife realm. Judgment, adventure, insight, amazement... it's all there.… Read More

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