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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

Walking in Solidarity from Purim to Pesach

This past Friday, many of us gathered in front of the Madinah Masjid forming a Ring of Peace in shared grief, solidarity and partnership with Muslims after the white supremacist shooting of Muslims in prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand. We

A Harp in the Window: Thoughts on my First Album

In November, I released my first album of original compositions of Jewish prayersong. Over the past twenty years, these prayersongs have moved through me and outward into singing communities around the world – in shuls (including our own beloved DJC)

Jewish Women of Colour Leading the Way

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” -Audre Lorde. African American feminist, womanist and poet The recent National Women’s March in DC and in cities around the US

How Awake Should We Be?

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, of blessed memory, used to tell this story about his 5 year old daughter, Shalvi. She woke up one morning and said, “Abba (dad), you know how when you are asleep and dreaming, it seems so real,

Chanukah Clean-Up, Dedication and Sparking New Potential

Thank you to Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels for inspiring this teaching. My home office is a mess – piles of papers, notes, scattered books that I’ve started to read or that I’ve pulled off the shelf for teaching, letters of request