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A Sabbath Message: Reflections on Yom HaShoah – From Horror to Hope

“Suddenly, all of my ancestors were behind me and they were saying:
‘Be still, watch and listen, you are the result of the love of thousands.’” 

– Actress Helena Bonham Carter, from the documentary My Grandparent’s War

As Sabbath approaches this week, I write you this message…

A Sabbath Message: The Song of Songs – Love, Music, and Memory

“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm – for love is as strong as death… Many waters cannot quench love, nor rivers drown it.”

– The Song of Songs (8:6-7)

As Sabbath arrives this week, so do the closing days of the week-long Passover festival. As I write this…

A Sabbath Message: The Passover Holiday – A Lesson in Humility & Gratitude

“On Passover, we recall that as a people we were all enslaved – and we forever remain only one small march away from that state of bondage – so we must always feel gratitude for our redemption. And gratitude is the overflow of a humble heart.”

– Rabbi David Wolpe

To my dear Feder…

A Sabbath Message: Spring Moves Us Forward – Preparing for Passover

“There’s a crack in everything – that’s where the light comes in.” 

– Leonard Cohen (1934–2016), singer and poet inspired by the words of author Ernest Hemingway

With the arrival of Sabbath this week, we also usher in the first day of spring – and with it, the season of ne…

A Sabbath Message: One Year into the Pandemic – The Compassion Chronicles

“Compassion is a breakdown of all of the barriers between us – A heart-to-heart bonding. Your pain is my pain. It’s mingled and shared between us.”

– Nomadland filmmaker Chloe Zhao, quoting nomad, Bob Wells

As Sabbath approaches this week, I reflect back upon this unusual year …