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A Sabbath Message: Upstanders vs. Bystanders – Building a Just Society

“No, no, we are not satisfied and will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), from the speech “I Have a Dream,” August 28, 1963

As Sabbath approaches this week, we have just passed t…

A Sabbath Message: Israel at 73 – A Love Letter to Eretz Yisrael

“Im tirzu, ein zo agada – ve'im lo tirtzu, agada hi ve'agada tisha'er.”
“If you will it, it is no dream – and if you don’t, a dream it is and
a dream it will remain.”
 

– Theodore Herzl (1860–1904), Father of modern political Zionism on the need for a Jewish State of Isra…

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…