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A Sabbath Message: In Praise of Teachers Everywhere & Mental Health

The great teacher Abraham Joshua Heschel taught,
“What we need more than anything else is not textbooks, but text people. It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that the pupils read – the text they will never forget.”

– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

As Sa…

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…