Author Archives: Rabbi Jessica K. Shimberg

A Prayer in the Aftermath of a Tragedy

A version of this prayer by Rabbi Joe Black, Temple Emanuel, Denver, Colorado was offered as the Opening Prayer for the Colorado House of Representatives on Thursday, February 15th. What appears below includes a number of edits made by Rabbi … Continue reading

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At the Confluence of Water, Trees, and Moon

Tonight, our LMKehillah will welcome me home, celebrating my smicha (ordination through the laying on of hands – the ancient ritual of rabbinic transmission) by my rabbis earlier this month. Smicha, in the ALEPH Ordination Program (AOP), occurs early each … Continue reading

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Patience, Faith, and Awakening … How to Treat a Hardened Heart

“Patience gives us an opportunity to test our faith.”  I heard these words today as I took a break from working to wash the dishes that had accumulated in my kitchen sink. I have had the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart … Continue reading

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At the Confluence of Rosh Chodesh Tevet and Winter Solstice

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Each year, we begin the celebration of Chanukah, our “Festival of Light,” late in the Hebrew month of Kislev. Despite the fact that Chanukah hops anywhere from late November to late December on the Gregorian calendar (resulting in “Thanksgivukah” several … Continue reading

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Human Rights Shabbat – Holy Chutzpah

This Shabbat (Dec. 8-9) precedes both International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and Chanukah (beginning Tuesday, Dec. 12). To honor this global holiday, Jewishly, Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb offers this d’var Torah on the week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayeshev, by viewing the … Continue reading

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Marking the Sacred and the Ordinary ~ The Cyclical Nature of Jewish Time

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This post was inspired by the first (5776), second (5777) and third (5778) editions of MISAVIV Hebrew Circular Calendar by deuteronomy press. You can purchase this beautiful 5778 calendar from the Little Minyan Kehillah; contact littleminyan@ littleminyan.org for more information.  The … Continue reading

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Biennial S’lichot Coffeehouse with Bill Cohen and Many Jewish Songwriters/Musicians you also know and love …

On Sunday, September 10th (the 19th of Elul), we began the last full week of the waning year of 5777. As Shabbat ends this week, we will celebrate Havdalah and bring in Leil S’lichot – a Night of Penitent Prayers that … Continue reading

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Preparing for a New Year ~ 5778 ~ with the Little Minyan Kehilla

You don’t need a ticket, an invitation, or even clarity of purpose … just an open heart and mind … join us and see. Click HERE for more information.

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Psalm 27 ~ a Bridge Between Confidence and Despair

During the Hebrew month of Elul ~ the last cycle of the moon before we enter a new year through the gates of the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe) ~ Jewish practice is to do cheshbon ha’nefesh (a soul accounting). This opportunity is … Continue reading

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Wake Up. And Stay Awake.

These are the words of Hazzan Jessi Roemer, dear friend of LMKehilla’s Spiritual Leader Jessica Shimberg and are shared with the author’s express permission and blessings for a Sweet Shabbes. The photo is also that of the author who spent … Continue reading

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