This is a blog about Jewish life, community, and thought, pastoral care/chaplaincy/spiritual care, and personal, community, and wider world issues of life and meaning. It is also about uncertainty, growth, and hope.

The title comes from several sources.  In Genesis, light emerges out of darkness.

Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai  “In the place where we are right” wrote,

From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the spring….

But doubts and loves
Dig up the world
Like a mole, a plow….

Leonard Cohen, in  Anthem, wrote

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

This blog will share some reflections that I hope will include light amidst the doubts and loves.


Rabbi Robert Tabak, PhD, BCC served over thirteen years as a staff chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania working with patients and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs.  He also worked as an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph’s University and Cabrini College; Director of Programs for the Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies (of blessed memory); associate director of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia; and as a congregational rabbi.  He also edits his rabbinical association newsletter.    Needless to say, the views expressed are his own.


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