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A Sabbath Message: Festival of Sukkot – “To Everything There is a Season”

“To everything there is a season, a time for every experience under heaven.
A time to be born and a time for dying.
A time for planting and a time for uprooting the planted.
A time for tearing down and a time for building up.
A time for weeping and a time for laughing.
A time for wailing a…

A Sabbath Message: On Yom Kippur, the Gates Close – and We Let Go

“All vows – all promises and pledges – that we have made to ourselves.
And that no longer serve – for the good.
May their grip be loosened.
That we be present of mind and heart – to the urgency of the hour.”

– Creative Interpretation of Kol Nidre by Poet Marcia Falk

The fi…

A Sabbath Message: Selichot – Ready to Engage in Forgiveness

“At the conclusion of the day of rest, we come first to meet You. Incline Your ear from above, You who dwells amongst praise. To hear the song and the prayer.” 

– Poetic Text from the Selichot Liturgy

Sabbath arrives this week with our world continuing to struggle in so many ways…

A Sabbath Message: Continuing on the Journey of Elul

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

– The Talmud

As Sabbath approaches, we are all aware it has been a difficult week – the w…

A Sabbath Message: Looking Inward to Determine our Unfinished Business

“Where is this thing called Teshuvah – Repentance – located? the Torah asks…
Don’t look off in the distance, and don’t look outside yourself either, the Torah is telling us, to look at your own heart. Don’t look out the window; look at the window itself.” 

– Rabbi Alan …