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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. …

High Holiday Greetings

September 23, 2017 – 9:56 pm | 790 views
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Some places in the world are blessed with eternal sunshine. Other places are marked by perpetual darkness. Some places are always warm, other places are always cold. Our country has seasons.
There is a season for frigid cold and a season for desultory heat. There is a season for torrential downpours …

High Holilday Greetings 5777

October 8, 2016 – 9:51 pm | 1,175 views
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New Year Greeting 5777
As I prepare for my sixteenth Rosh Hashanah in London, Ontario, my mind turns to an event that occurred shortly after we arrived.
Congregation Beth Tefilah organized an installation ceremony in my honor and Joel Wittstein of blessed memory was in attendance. I feel fortunate and honored to …

New Year Greeting: Growing Up

September 27, 2014 – 10:42 pm | 1,662 views
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New Year Greeting: Growing Up
A new year is upon us. One year chases another, one decade follows the next. Our lives unfold, our circumstances evolve, but how about us? Do we grow as well or are we stinted in our spiritual and emotional growth?

The Festival and Shabbat

September 25, 2013 – 4:05 am | 5,219 views
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Sanctity and Joy
When a Jewish festival falls on Friday, it merges directly  into Shabbat. This gives us pause as we reflect on the differences between the festival and Shabbat.

High Holiday Greetings 5774

September 8, 2013 – 2:59 am | 3,387 views
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High Holiday Greetings
We embark on a new year with excitement and trepidation. What does the new year hold for us, will it be good or bad, healthy or ill, happy or sad?
We look back to years past and know that life is a mixed bag, some years were better than …

New Year Greeting 5773

October 5, 2012 – 9:10 pm | 1,437 views
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I wanted to write a Rosh Hashanah greeting and was casting about for a new spin, something that would make this year’s greeting stand out, when I realized that it’s not the greeting that should stand out, but the year.

New Year Greeting 5772: New Resolutions

October 5, 2011 – 4:58 pm | 1,744 views
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The High Holiday liturgy often makes use of our Biblically prescribed designation as G-d’s children. We remind G-d of the natural love that fathers have for children and beg Him to see us in that light even if our behavior doesn’t reflect the love we have for Him.
In light of …