Shmot – When Society is at Risk

This past week our nation faced, and continues to face, one of the gravest challenges since its birth.  The Capitol – the sacred seat of […]

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VaYechi – Finding Connection

In this week’s parsha, we come to the scene at Jacob’s deathbed. His children are gathered around his bed and Jacob makes a seemingly audacious […]

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Va’Yigash – Embracing our Inner Judah

Certain prayers and readings stick with you.  I remember being a kid in services, happy to share with anyone who would listen about how bored […]

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Deepening our Home Judaism

The power of the Jewish home to create memories and instill values is crucial to creating Jewish identity.

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Toldot – Bless Me Too

When you are seen, heard, and responded to, it changes everything.  The religious concept which captures this feeling and its impact is: mevurach – blessed.  […]

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Chayei Sarah – The Power of Kindness

Dr. Kelli Harding wrote an important book called The Rabbit Effect, which studies the connection between kindness and longevity, happiness, and health. The book’s title […]

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Prayer for Country Anticipating the Election, based on Parshat Lech Lecha

As we prepare for the election – with all of its anger, intensity, uncertainty, upset – all amidst the pandemic with its rising waves of […]

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Thanksgiving with a Jewish Twist

The more we celebrate the good, the more good we discover.

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Noah – Chaos to Order – The Cycle Continues

To reflect on the question: Is society progressing or regressing?

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Sukkot/Shmini Atzeret as Act 2

Think about the king who says to his family – “Stay with me. It is hard for me to part with you.” That is Yizkor.

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