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Tasting Trees

Our lives on this beautiful planet depend on trees for oxygen, food, medicine, shelter, climate stability, habitat for wildlife and beauty.  According to scientific research, planting billions of trees around the world could remove two-thirds of all harmful emissions caused

I Can See Clearly Now

Welcome to 2020! I have, in my lifetime, occasionally counted down to midnight on Dec. 31st at large and small parties and toasted the arrival of a new secular (Christian calendar, really) year with bubbly beverages and cheers.  That said,

Chanukah is Coming! Time for an Oil Change

Chanukah celebrates the Maccabees’ rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, the Jewish people’s sacred home, and the relighting of the ever-burning menorah within the Temple, after they had been desecrated by the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE under the oppressive

So You’re Scared. What is that Your Business?!

Kol Nidrei Sermon 5780 The theme we’re focusing on this Yom Kippur is The Capacity to Change.  What a valuable theme.  What a challenging endeavour.  On a day that is focused on repentance, renewal and change, it is important to

At Home on the Earth

Erev Rosh Hashana Sermon 5780             In the not too distant future, the news is announced – the environmental apocalypse is here.  In 3 days, every continent on planet earth will be underwater.  Religious leaders from around the world address

Dai’eynu – What is Enough?

Rosh Hashana Sermon 5780 This sermon was greatly inspired by and draws from We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer.             Ready?  Dai-dai-ey’nu…             Don’t worry.  I’m not confused.  I know it’s not

Practices and Gifts for the In-Between Time

This time of the year, with the ending of summer and a turning toward fall, stirs sweetness and loss, anxiety and anticipation all at the same time.  I feel myself residing in the in-between time – between seasons, between ways

Yahrzeit – One Year Since the Danforth Shooting

We are approaching the one year anniversary of last July’s shooting on the Danforth.  There are several events that will bring community together to mourn and remember, to touch back into shared support of the families whose loved ones were

Ownerless Like the Desert – Preparing for Shavuot

Of the three pilgrimage festivals – Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot – Shavuot, celebrating receiving Torah at Mount Sinai and celebrating the harvest of first fruits, seems to get the short end of the celebratory stick. Pesach is perhaps the most

Leaving Egypt and Coming to Israel

I’m writing to you from Israel. I’m here with 130 Jewish leaders from around the world working on issues of anti-Semitism and Jewish liberation in the context of working to end all interconnected systems of oppression. It is powerful to