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Assembling Together

Vayakhel 5779 / 2 March 2019

The poet David Whyte once observed that “All long friendships are rooted in mutual forgiveness.” Think about the most meaningful relationships in your life; is there one that has not suffered some kind of rupture, disappointment, or deep wound? Whyte suggests that every relationship will eventually endure some breach or betrayal. Some of our relationships are too… Read More

Posted: March 4, 2019 by

Water and Wine

Ki Tissa 5779 / 23 February 2019

Once upon a time a messenger rode swiftly into the town of Chelm with urgent news: the honorable mayor of Lublin would be visiting the town the following week. The town immediately launched into a frenzy of activity. Yankl the melamed, the schoolteacher, began teaching the students the berakhah to be recited when you see an important civic… Read More

Posted: February 27, 2019 by

Focal Point

Tetzaveh 5779 / 16 February 2019

Call to mind the most beautiful building you have ever been inside. Focus on the details: how were the walls aligned, and what materials were used to construct it? What furniture and decorations were inside? Who used the building, and how were they dressed? Now, turn to the person next to you, say “shabbat shalom,”… Read More

Posted: February 20, 2019 by

A Vegan Meal Courtesy of Last Year’s Quizzo “Friend”-raiser

Debbie Zelnick and David Miller bid on a silent auction item at last year’s Quizzo night.  They were determined to win “Rebbitzin will cook a vegan/vegetarian dinner in your home.” It took a while to coordinate calendars but it finally happened on Sunday evening, January 27th. The totally vegan menu started with Rabbi Abe’s Miso Soup (delicious!) followed… Read More

Posted: February 20, 2019 by

Praying is a Team Sport

T'rumah 5779 / 19 February 2019

Jews, if you didn’t know, are pack animals. This is what we do, and what we do best. “Hinei Mah Tov U’mah Naim Shevet Achim Gam Yachad, How good it is, how sweet it is, to sit to together on this day.” This is the most familiar line from the Psalms, the one that almost… Read More

Posted: February 12, 2019 by