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A Sabbath Message: Gratitude Challenge Check-In

“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.” – Elie Wiesel, z”l (1928–2016)

On this day after Thanksgiving, Sabbath approaches once again – and perhaps as we conti…

A Sabbath Message: The Faith of Persistence

“’Those who sow in tears will reap with joy.’ (Psalms, 126:5). Faith means the courage to persist through all the setbacks, all the grief, never giving up, never accepting defeat…For at the end (there is) the serenity of the destination after the storms along the way.”

– Rabbi …

A Sabbath Message: Remembering Kristallnacht – The Power of Communal Memory

“Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”
– Book of Deuteronomy (4:9)

These words ar…

A Sabbath Message: Coping w/ Election Season – The Importance of Self-Care

“Guard yourself and guard your soul very carefully.” – Book of Deuteronomy, 4:19

With the arrival of the final Sabbath of the election season, I reflect on the toll this time has taken on all of us – individually and communally – a divided country during a challenging global heal…

A Sabbath Message: Coping with Election Season – Staying Informed

“I’m a believer in listening and learning from others.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

As Sabbath descends upon us this week, I find myself thinking of the natural world, perhaps as a bit of an escape from the tension of what is going on in the country – and also since…