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A Sabbath Message: A Story of Bold Women in the Bible

“The Divine spirit is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
The Divine One will help her when the morning dawns.”

– Book of Psalms, 46:6

This week, under a new moon, the month of Tammuz moves to the auspicious month of Av upon the arrival of Sabbath. Other transitions als…

A Sabbath Message: What Is Your American Story?

“What strikes me as a visitor to this country is the joyous, positive attitude to life – the smiles on the faces of the people is symbolic of one of America’s greatest assets, a friendly, confident, optimistic land. More emphasis is laid on the ‘we’ than the ‘I.’”

– From A…

A Sabbath Message: Choosing Blessings and Kindness for our Community

“Mah tovu ohalecha Ya’akov, mishkinotecha Yisrael.
How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwelling places, O Israel!”

– From the daily morning prayer service and this week’s Torah portion (Numbers 24:5)

Under the full moon of Tammuz – did you see it last night?! It was bea…

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…