Rabbi’s Message

Miriam’s Cup: A Letter Against Annexation and the Brokenness of The Three Weeks

As summertime usually brings vacation and swimming, juicy summer fruit and the stretch of long, sweetly lazy days, as a young person, I always found it to be such a bummer that in the Jewish calendar, the three weeks from the 17th of the month of Tammuz until the 9th of Av (this year, from …

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Torah Study: An Intentional Space for Growth and Community

A Special Article in Preparation for Shavuot by Colleen Morawetz Every other Thursday evening since January, I’ve been doing something I never seriously expected of myself – group Torah study. Our nine intellectually curious and emotionally intelligent participants take turns leading the discussion on the week’s parsha and, until March, hosting the group at their …

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Wake Up and Smell the Blintzes!

Whether your connection to Jewish celebrations comes through brisket-making Ashkenazi lineage, Moroccan-heritage lamb and couscous tagine or Sephardic pastelicos (meat and rice pies), to name but a few meaty Jewish cultural delights, the upcoming chag (holyday) of Shavu’ot puts a full stop to the rich, slow-cooked fleishig/meaty festival meals.  After counting the Omer each day …

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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 by human activity. A global tree-planting program would be one of the most inexpensive and …

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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, it probably doesn’t surprise you that the New Year I resonate with most as richly …

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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 rule of King Antiochus IV Epiphanes.  Much later, rabbinic tradition ascribed the 8-day rededication celebration …

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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 their followers, offering words of guidance and solace to face this cataclysmic moment.             The …

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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 Pesach.  But these words that we sing out with glee at the Pesach seder – …

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