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  • Boomer Shabbat (and the Prayer of Exuberance!)

    Posted ‍‍כה סיון ה תשעז - June 19, 2017 By in Rabbi's Thoughts, Uncategorized With | Comments Off

    Jewish tradition identifies three basic categories of prayer: petitionary, thanksgiving and awe. (Someone suggested that these three categories might be better identified as “Gimme, Thanks & Wow!”) I’d like to suggest a fourth prayer category, one that I call “Exuberance”. For me, prayers of exuberance are always wrapped up with music and singing. While the …

  • A day filled with k’dusha!

    Posted ‍‍כט אייר ה תשעז - May 25, 2017 By in Rabbi's Thoughts With | Comments Off

    On Saturday, June 24, I will have the opportunity to experience four sacred experiences, three of which you, too, can experience! It will begin with Torah Study, from 8:30-9:30 AM. If you’ve never experienced Torah Study at FJC, it is a wonderful amalgamation of text study, wonderful digressions, spirited exchange of opinions, and laughter…lots of …

  • The Roots of Hope

    Posted ‍‍יח ניסן ה תשעז - April 14, 2017 By in Rabbi's Thoughts, Uncategorized With | Comments Off

    I conducted an interesting experiment as a prelude to writing these words. I entered into Google’s search engine the phrase “antidote to despair”. I found the results intriguing. Among the suggested antidotes to despair were the following: “action”, “collaboration”, “solidarity”. Many of us awaken each morning, sometimes from troubled sleep, with the taste of despair in …

  • Faith Communities Joining in Prayer for Transgender Justice

    Posted ‍‍כב אדר ב' ה תשעז - March 20, 2017 By in Latest News With | Comments Off download

    MARCH 24-26, 2017 The Supreme Court decided not to hear Gavin Grimm’s case this month, but faith communities are not waiting for the Court to take action. The current environment of intolerance toward transgender people, implicitly condoned by the top levels of government, is having direct impacts on transgender communities. Transgender women of color are …

  • A message inspired by Mark Twain

    Posted ‍‍יח אדר ב' ה תשעז - March 16, 2017 By in Rabbi's Thoughts With | Comments Off

    In May 1897, the great American humorist, novelist and social critic Samuel Clemens — best known by his pen name, Mark Twain — was in London. It was one of the stops on a round-the-world speaking tour he’d embarked on in 1895. He hoped to use the fees from speaking engagements to pay off the …

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