Category Archives: Tikkun Olam

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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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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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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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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Celebrating the American Ideal through the Lens of Parshat Balak

In 21st Century America, many of us are acutely aware of living at the confluence of multiple identities. We have increasing opportunities to celebrate and proclaim our overlapping identities, due, in large part, to the freedom that has always lived at the … Continue reading

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Bringing Light into Dark Times ~ Ancient Tradition AND Modern Necessity

An extraordinarily bright and hope-filled invitation from Little Minyan Kehilla member Jodi Kushins to participate in this season of light with our brothers, sisters, cousins of multiple faith traditions which bring LIGHT into darkness when daylight becomes sparse in our hemisphere. … Continue reading

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Viewing “Interfaith” Family Formation through a Progressive Jewish Lens

Our Little Minyan Kehilla has always been a welcoming home to those of us who wrestle with what it means to be Jewish in 21st Century America. Many of us have both danced intimately, lovingly with Judaism and also found … Continue reading

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What Being a Jew Means to Me ~ Spiritual Activism and Repose

Just as no emergency room doctor ever hopes for an accident, no clergy person ever hopes for desperate times. And … I cannot help but notice the dramatic uptick in people seeking my spiritual services (both personal and communal) in … Continue reading

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