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Mothers' Day for All

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:57pm -- Rabbi
As we approach Mothers' Day this Sunday, I would like to share an adaptation of a powerful prayer composed by writer Amy Young. I was moved by the way the prayer names and calls attention to the varied spectrum of experiences within a religious community when it comes to mothering and being mothered.

Mothers' Day for All

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:57pm -- Rabbi
As we approach Mothers' Day this Sunday, I would like to share an adaptation of a powerful prayer composed by writer Amy Young. I was moved by the way the prayer names and calls attention to the varied spectrum of experiences within a religious community when it comes to mothering and being mothered.

Carrying Forward the Legacy of Torah

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:33pm -- Rabbi
This past week, I had the privilege of participating in a Rabbinical Assembly conference at JTS celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Conservative movement. I was moved by the stories of the first generation of women rabbis, pioneers and innovators, who pushed against social barriers in order to bring their Torah into the world.

April 25, 2015

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:25pm -- Rabbi
"Let the heavens and earth rejoice, let the sea roar, together with all that live there. Let the fields celebrate and all within them, let all the trees in the forest sing." - Psalm 96

To Mourn & To Dance

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:32pm -- Rabbi
A man doesn't have time in his life to have time for everything. He doesn't have seasons enough to have a season for every purpose. Ecclesiastes was wrong about that. A man needs to love and to hate at the same moment, to laugh and cry with the same eyes, with the same hands to throw stones and gather them, to make love in war and war in love.

Dayenu! Pesach Gratitude

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:51pm -- Rabbi
This year at seder, Yosef and I look forward to saying she'he'chiyanu as baby Zohar experiences her first Passover and as we celebrate our first festival as parents. We are filled with gratitude for Zoe's life, for our health, and for this incredible community that has supported us in the midst of great transition in our lives.

Matzah, Yahatz and the Afikomen

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:19pm -- Rabbi
As we near seder time, I want to share with you an observation from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' Haggadah, concerning Yahatz (the breaking of the middle matzah to form the Afikomen): "Matzah represents two apparently contradictory ideas. At the beginning of the seder we describe it as 'the bread of oppression our fathers ate in the land of Egypt.' Ibn Ezra explains that slaves were given unleavened bread because, being hard, it takes longer to digest. It removes hunger longer than ordinary bread.

Shabbat Shirah

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:14pm -- Rabbi
On Shabbat morning we read Shirat Hayam, the Song of the Sea, which is believed to be the one of the oldest parts of the Torah and therefore one of the oldest poems in Hebrew.

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