Va’etchanan – Why Religion Matters

People see us acting on Jewish values, and it has the potential to touch them, and change them.

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Korach – Lessons in Conflict and Leadership

Korach, Moses’ cousin challenges Moses and Aaron’s leadership.

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Shlach Lecha – Seeing What Might Be

Joshua and Caleb, and Shimon Peres teach us to see the world in terms of its potential.

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Being Our Best Selves – Reflections on sabbatical

I am so grateful for this community affording me the opportunity to get away.

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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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