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A Sabbath Message: Reflections on a New Year

“You live life looking forward. You understand life looking back.” – Soren Kierkegaard (1813–1855)

“Hindsight is 2020.” Boy…isn’t that the truth! As we move forward into the first Sabbath of 2021, that old saying seems to be a recurring refrain in my mind. Although we canno…

A Sabbath Message: At Year’s End, Light and Wonder Above Us

"Keep looking up…that’s the secret of life.” – The Wisdom of Charlie Brown

As the final Sabbath of 2020 approaches, we might be tempted to focus on the darkness and despair of the departing year, but instead, in the final days of this most unusual year, let us choose to see light a…

A Sabbath Message: A Final Hanukkah Tribute in Praise of Women

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is, until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, (1884-1962)

When Sabbath arrives this evening, Hanukkah will depart – but before it does, there is more to say about the history, or I should say the “her-stor…

A Sabbath Message: Shining a Light in the Darkness – Hanukkah Edition

“A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.” – Rabbi Moshe Davis, (1916–1996)

On this first day of Hanukkah, as Sabbath arrives, we light a second candle on a holid…

A Sabbath Message: Finding Light in Darkness – Preparing for Holiday Season

“The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness, but to light a candle.” – Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg

Sabbath this week brings the start of the month of December, a month usually filled with joyous holiday celebrations and gatherings, as we are again re…