Category Archives: Israel

See you at Sinai …

On Shavuot (beginning, this year, Tuesday evening, May 30th and continuing through Thursday), we celebrate what the rabbis called z’man matan Torateinu ~ the time our Torah was gifted. However, the roots of Shavuot in Torah relate to agriculture, not the … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to be Free? Responsibility … for the Freedom of Others

This is a crosspost from Faith in Public Life’s 100 Days of Justice (, an initiative which partners with voices from diverse religious, racial, cultural backgrounds and LGTBQ  communities to widely share resources, stories and calls to action at both the national and … Continue reading

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Mo’adim l’Simcha ~ Festival of Joy … Sukkot Bounty and Responsibility

Many of us, even those of us who were raised in Jewish homes, did not grow up with a sukkah in our backyards. There was a sukkah built at the synagogue and we decorated it together, maybe had a festive … Continue reading

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Sh’lach L’kha ~ Sending Us Out to Learn about … Ourselves

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In this week’s parsha, we learn a critical lesson in the Torah’s narrative – a big-picture “ahha” moment in our development as a People.  It could have been a relatively quick trip from Mitzrayim/Egypt to Eretz Yisrael/the land of Israel, … Continue reading

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Little Minyan’s 8th Annual Tu B’Shvat Intergenerational Celebration with a New Twist – January 18th

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One of the finest examples of the renewal of Jewish ritual is found in the holiday of Tu B’Shvat – Torah’s legalistic birthday of the trees marking a time for tithing. Over the millennia, this holiday has be adapted to … Continue reading

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See You at Sinai

A recent e-mail from a colleague closed with the parting words, “see you at Sinai,” followed by a winking emoticon.  The reference was to the upcoming holiday of Shavuot – a celebration linked with our receipt of the Torah at … Continue reading

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