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A Sabbath Message: Sh’ma – The Importance of Truly Listening

“Listening is a profound affirmation of the humanity of the other. A leader is one who knows how to listen: to the unspoken cry of others and to the still, small voice of God.”

– Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (1948-2020)

With the arrival of Sabbath this evening, this week’s Torah porti…

A Sabbath Message: Tisha B’Av – The Jewish Journey of Mourning

“Al naharot Bavel, sham yashavnu, gam bachinu, b’chochreynu et Tziyon.”
“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and also wept, as we remembered Zion.”

– Book of Psalms, 137: 1   

Sabbath’s arrival this week comes during a time of communal mourning, the “Nine Days of the …

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…