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A Sabbath Message: Coping with Election Season – Getting Involved

“Ha-yom katzar v’ha’milacha m’ruba…lo alecha ha’milacha ligmor, v’lo ata ben horin libatel mi’mena.” 

Rabbi Tarfon used to say: "The day is short, the work is abundant…It is not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you free to neglect it.

– Pirkei Avot (E…

A Sabbath Message: Simchat Torah – Reconnecting with Joy

“V’samachta b’chagecha...And you shall rejoice in your Festival…and you will be only happy.” – Book of Deuteronomy (16:14-15)

“Joy is any feeling fully felt, any experience we give our whole being to…I feel a deep sense of joy every moment of my life, in which I am utterly…

A Sabbath Message: The Lessons of Sukkot – Fragility and Resilience

“U’vros aleynu sukkat shelomecha –
May You spread over us the Divine Sukkah of peace.”
– Traditional evening liturgy
“In the Sukkah, a house that is open to the world, a house that freely acknowledges that it cannot be the basis of our security, we let go of this need. The i…

A Sabbath Message: Teshuvah – The Redemptive Power of Repentance

“Teshuvah, Tefilah, Tzedakah – Ma’avirin et ro’ah ha’gezeyrah.
But Repentance, Prayer and Deeds of Righteousness have the power to transform the harshness of our destiny.” – High Holiday Liturgy

“We are free. Judaism is the religion of the free human being freely respondin…

A Rosh Hashanah Message: A Prayer and Reflection for a Sweet New Year

“Ha-yom harat olam, ha-yom ya-amid ba-mishpat…
Today the world stands at birth, today all creation is called to judgment.”

– Rosh Hashanah Liturgy

“The blasts of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah revitalize the soul and mind of every Jew. Each one receives a new soul and a new lev…