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A Sabbath Message: The Importance of Commemorating Juneteenth

“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”  
– Inscription on the Liberty Bell from the Torah (Leviticus 25:10)

As Sabbath arrives this week, we officially move from spring to summer – and the changing seasons remind us of the cycle of our lives an…

A Sabbath Message: Delighting in the Traditions of the Jewish Wedding

“May sounds of joy and gladness always be heard in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, voices of happiness, voices of bride and groom, the jubilant singing of those united in marriage under the Huppah.”

– From the 6th traditional blessing of the Sheva Brachot (7 Bl…

A Sabbath Message: Tales of Mental Health

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.

– “Mister” Fred Rogers (1928–2003) 

Under a super moon this week, the final Sa…

A Sabbath Message: The Pursuit of Peace

“We have to work for peace, as well as pray for it.

– Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (1948–2020)

With the Shavuot holiday observed earlier this week, Sabbath now draws near…but a strong glimmer of hope now brings a ceasefire to the violence across the world. So, perhaps it is the …

A Sabbath Message: In Praise of Teachers Everywhere & Mental Health

The great teacher Abraham Joshua Heschel taught,
“What we need more than anything else is not textbooks, but text people. It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that the pupils read – the text they will never forget.”

– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

As Sa…