Yom Kippur – Planting Seeds

We need to plant seeds of human connection, teaching tolerance and mutual understanding.

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Kol Nidre – May our Compassion Conquer our Anger

The spiritual call for our times is noble anger synthesized with rachmanut – compassion. 

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Rosh Hashanah – Listening Past Our Box

We all have a box around our thinking. For every one of us, there are certain ideas that feel beyond the pale, and we can’t even consider their possible truth.

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Rosh Hashanah – Belonging and Becoming

We begin by asking what Jewish identity means. What makes a Jew a Jew?

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Rosh Hashanah – Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

After we have established that relationship, we can love our neighbor as ourselves because our ability to love ourselves has been established through our orientation toward God.

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Solar Eclipse and Spiritual Meaning

Judaism marvels at everything in nature.  The solar eclipse is an opportunity to feel awe.

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Adolfo Kaminsky – Saving Lives By Forgery

On these first Fridays, I often share stories of courage and inspiration – righteous gentiles, and people of every religion and nationality.  I’ll weave them […]

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Bamidbar – The Power of the Individual

Car rides with kids can be bonding moments.  Ethan and I have ongoing fascination about road signs we pass which record population – How many […]

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Behar Bechukotai – Environmental Consequences

Sometimes the problems of the world seem so overwhelming, that rather than read and reflect – we encounter those problems and want to flee.  This […]

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Emor – Making Room For Those Who Are Different

Modern Israeli poet Nava Semel wrote a haunting poem that warns us of religion and community at its worse.  It is in your service folder, […]

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