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Dream on, is an expression we use when someone shares a hope that seems fantastical. To dare to dream is to have the courage to think beyond the box; to push the envelope. Plans that people dismiss as impossible, are the stuff of dreams. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a …

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Simchat Torah: No Break

October 20, 2019 – 12:31 pm | 203 views
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On Simchat Torah we read the last passage of the Torah, but we don’t stop for even a moment when we finish reading the Torah. Instead, we turn around and start over immediately from the first verse. There are many celebrations on Simchat Torah, but they come before we read …

Sukkot: From the Fast to the Party

October 6, 2019 – 12:12 am | 167 views
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The party begins on Sukkot. The first ten days of the year are somber. Rosh Hashanah is the day of judgement, then next week are the days of repentance, and Yom Kippur is the fast. After the fast, our festivals take a radical turn and we move from the fast …

Shabbat Shuvah: The Uplifting Return

October 3, 2019 – 10:41 am | 147 views
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The uplifting return that marks the first ten days of the Hebrew calendar year is expressed in the name that tradition has assigned to this Shabbat: Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat of return. In English, when we speak of regret and of turning over a new leaf, we call it repentance. …

Rosh Hashanah: Without A Crutch

September 22, 2019 – 2:11 pm | 173 views
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A crutch can help you get past a difficult hump, but a crutch can also be a trap. When the time comes to discard the crutch, the crutch becomes a trap if you lack the courage to go without it. Athletes famously hold on to crutches. Wade Boggs was a …

Shavuot: Ten Commandments of Parenting

June 1, 2019 – 10:55 pm | One Comment | 2,204 views
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The ten commandments of parenting is an appropriate topic to discuss in the days leading up to Shavuot, the day we received the Ten Commandments.
On several occasions the Torah casts us as G-d’s children and G-d as our parent. It therefore stands to reason that by studying the Ten Commandments, …

Emor: Making Space for G-d

May 11, 2019 – 10:45 pm | 494 views
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Making space for G-d is the name of the game during the season of the Omer. There are forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, and we enjoy and savor them all. We count each day as if it were a precious jewel as we prepare for the festival of Shavuot. …

Yom Hazikaron: We Remember

May 10, 2019 – 9:23 am | 280 views

Sweeping vista
Lifeless plane
Victory hollow
Heart of pain
 
Land mass strewn
friend and foe
Lie forever
Battle throe
 
Sand storm rising
Sinai beckons
A soul asunder
Wanders, reckons
 
Patience try
Today on high
Was it worth it
An anguished sigh
 
A rising wave
A tidal crest
We won the war
We lost our best
 
Victory sweet
A price so steep
Oh please dear G-d
My brother keep
 
Sinai captured
Fires cease
Dead, secure
A lasting peace
 
Will …

Acharei Mot: Yom Kippur

April 29, 2019 – 9:37 am | 339 views
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Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar year. It is unusual to discuss Yom Kippur shortly after Passover, but it comes up this week because the Torah portion of the week describes the Yom Kippur service that was performed by the High Priest in the Holy of …