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A Sabbath Message: All You Need Is Love

This week, as we look forward to Sabbath’s blessed arrival once again, I realize that my messages to you are often serious, even heavy. So, shifting gears somewhat, I will address something perhaps less solemn – but just as important: LOVE. A simple word with many meanings and ramific…

A Sabbath Message: The Extraordinary Power of Music During Trying Times

“There is an inner connection between music and the spirit. When language aspires to the transcendent, and the soul longs to break free of the gravitational pull of the earth, it modulates into song. Tolstoy called it ‘the shorthand of emotion.’ Words are the language of the mind –…

A Sabbath Message: Havdalah – Separating from Our Extra Shabbat Soul

“Shabbat invites all those who need new energy…and are crying for the joy, the bliss, the unbelievable heavenliness of being alive in a world created by the Divine.  Shabbat is to get to the top of the mountain in one second, and there discover even higher mountains that we may have …

A Sabbath Message: Our Jewish Calendar – Holiness in Time

Judaism teaches us to be attached to holiness in time.” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

As Shabbat draws near this week, I think of the beautiful description of the gift of this day coined by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, perhaps our greatest Jewish scholar of the 20th…

A Sabbath Message: A Prayer for America

And I dreamed I was flying. High up above my eyes could clearly see – the Statue of Liberty, sailing away to sea. And I dreamed I was flying…We come on the ship they call the Mayflower. We come on the ship that sailed the moon. We come in the age's most uncertain hour – and sing an Ame…