Author Archives: Meir Bargeron

Meir Bargeron is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and recently returned to Minnesota after a year in Jerusalem. Last year, he left his day job as a therapist, counselor, and consultant to follow his surprising dream of becoming a rabbi, and will be writing about his experiences during his year in Israel. Meir has written about mental and spiritual well being for TC Jewfolk since 2009. Meir is a member of Shir Tikvah, and lives with his partner Jon and their super-cute dog in St. Paul. More information about Meir is available at and @MeirBargeron on Twitter.

This Year in Israel: Living in the Dark

HUC Students during morning prayers while standing in the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Photo: Meir Bargeron

I feel too numbed to list the outbursts of hate, sometimes enacted with knives, guns, or rocks; or the statements of political leaders and special-interest stakeholders that often look more like verbal violence than constructive dialogue. The world is experiencing so much darkness, and I’m afraid.

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This Year in Israel: Gates

House gate in Rehavia, Jerusalem. Photo: Meir Bargeron

Wandering through Jerusalem, I realied that gates invite us to stop on our journey and take stock of where we’ve been and where we should go next. But the choice of direction is entirely up to us.

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