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Jews-- We’ve Got This!

Apr 3, 2020

Jews-- We’ve Got This!

As Jews and their loved ones around the world contemplate holding virtual Passover seders this year, all I can think about is -- we’ve done this before. In fact, we do this with every holiday, and we will continue to do it long after COVID-19 disappears from our world (G!D willing).
Finding Grounding When There Is No Ground

Mar 27, 2020

Finding Grounding When There Is No Ground

What day is today? Where am I? What will be? Will my family and friends be healthy? Will I be healthy? If you are asking these questions, and if you are human like me you certainly are, you would like some resolution, some answers some direction. If you are a planner like me, who plans months ahead, likes a schedule, and is someone who prepares, these times can be disconcerting.
It’s All in Your Hands

Mar 20, 2020

It’s All in Your Hands

I don’t remember longing for Shabbat as much as I have this week! Every single one of us is stressed out, bombarded by news, unsure of the future, afraid (don’t deny it) of the virus and its effects on us, our loved ones, our communities and the economy. For those of you who believe in a Higher Power, this is the time to keep repeating (singing!) the beautiful and necessary phrase recited at Havdallah (at the close of Shabbat Saturday night) from Isaiah Chapter 2:
Strength for the Journey

Mar 13, 2020

Strength for the Journey

I don’t remember longing for Shabbat as much as I have this week! Every single one of us is stressed out, bombarded by news, unsure of the future, afraid (don’t deny it) of the virus and its effects on us, our loved ones, our communities and the economy. For those of you who believe in a Higher Power, this is the time to keep repeating (singing!) the beautiful and necessary phrase recited at Havdallah (at the close of Shabbat Saturday night) from Isaiah Chapter 2:
Partnership with G!D

Mar 6, 2020

Partnership with G!D

Last Shabbat, we were introduced to the building of the Mishkan/ Tabernacle with all its intricate detail and purpose. It is the first community project in which participation of the entire community is needed in order to succeed. It is also the transition from a miracle-based religion, where only what G!d does for us defines us, to a religion where we confront the questions of what can we do for G!d and in partnership with G!d to make this world better. The Israelites become a society; they evolved into adulthood.
Give And Take

Feb 28, 2020

Give And Take

The fundraising campaign to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle) teaches us that in true Tzedakah, the giver benefits as much as the taker. This week’s dvar torah was adapted from one written by Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen for KOLEL–The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning, which is affiliated with Canada’s Reform movement.
People of One Heart, One Mind, on a March

Feb 21, 2020

People of One Heart, One Mind, on a March

This past week's Parasha-Yitro-describes the awesome experience of our biblical ancestors standing at the foot of Mount Sinai. However, the Torah is careful to point out that this experience does not happen without preparation, leadership, focus and follow-up. As I was organizing this dvar torah, I realized these four elements are key components of the March of the Living.
Am I the Universe?

Feb 14, 2020

Am I the Universe?

This week we enjoy the proximity of Tu B'Shvat, the New Year of the Trees, and Parashat Yitro, which contains within it the awe-inspiring revelation at Mt. Sinai. As we shall see, nature plays a key role within this seminal moment for the Israelites (and of course, ultimately for the world, since this is when the Ten Utterances/aka Ten Commandments are given).
Parashat Beshallah, Egypt as a Metaphor

Feb 7, 2020

Parashat Beshallah, Egypt as a Metaphor

A nine year old boy named Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Hebrew School that day. "Well, Mom, our teacher told us how G!D sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When Moses got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge, and in the end, all the Israelites were saved."
Darkness of a Deeper Nature

Jan 31, 2020

Darkness of a Deeper Nature

So personally, the only reference I have to this kind of thick darkness was one of the hurricanes we experienced about a decade ago (I think Wilma) in which most of Miami lost power. I remember how utterly dark it was that night. No stars, no ambient light from street lights, nothing. So dark that when I went down my front steps to see if I could spot a house that might have electricity, I took about 4 steps down my walk and just stopped dead.