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
An inspiring lesson within Judaic learning is observing the effort, in every generation, that has gone into understanding what tradition brings forward and creating modern meaning around ancient text, customs, and events. An example – Counting the Omer. Initially a … Continue reading
Join us this Shabbat morning for services culminating with a luncheon meal before we scatter to don masks and costumes and listen to the whole Megillah!
This Shabbat brings us the convergence of Tu B’Shvat (“The New Year of the Trees” marking the beginning of the growing season/the rising of the sap) and Parsha B’Shalach – the Torah portion that includes the crossing of the Red … Continue reading
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2013 has just begun; students are just back in school. It is winter, and snow remains on the ground from the most recent storm. Yet the sap is beginning to rise in the trees and, in the land of Israel, … Continue reading
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Today’s pop-culture “spirituality” is marketed in a variety of ways that make it attractive and accessible. We flock to these opportunities to center ourselves and connect. Meditation sits, yoga, and other movement practices as a pathway to “zen,” do not … Continue reading
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Every time we reach the conclusion of a book of Torah, we chant together, “Hazak Hazak V’nitkhazek! Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!” This practice occurs five times every year – providing special opportunities within our Torah … Continue reading
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This week’s Torah portion, Parsha T’rumah, places us deep in the details. Contextually, within the last 24 chapters of Shmot/Exodus, we have endured slavery and become accustomed to it, experienced the enormity of the plagues, been delivered from Mitzrayim/Egypt in … Continue reading