What responsibility do we share?

What I love about our crowd-sourced sermons is that it doesn’t matter what I wanted to write about or say in relation to the text I presented, what interested you about this week’s question is now what I have to write about. This situation actually sums up pretty well a...

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A prayer for the State of Israel and for us all

Tonight I pray for the State of Israel. And I pray in dismay and worry, having heard the statement from the Prime Minister, broadcast around the world: We are willing to become smaller, so we don’t have to think bigger; we would rather cover the bud than take this chance to...

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Tell Me

Do you remember that scene in the movie Mary Poppins when Jane and Michael jump into Burt-the-chimney-sweep’s chalk paintings on the pavement and actually become part of the scene depicted? I have had one experience in my life where I felt like I stepped into a story. I was in...

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Holy and Broken. Hallelujah.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/FUsK4vrS7rI?hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0] Our discussion on the blog this week was inspired by the question, “What song or piece of music makes you think differently or think deeply?” Some individuals mentioned a particular song and some mentioned a particular text. All talked about how the music makes them think. Two ideas emerged...

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Counting the Omer: The beauty of live theater

Count the omer and explore the attribute of tiferet, beauty, by witnessing the power of live theater at our production of The Fiery Furnace, Sunday May 4 at 4 pm at RS. We are staging an original musical right here in this sanctuary on Sunday, May 4. The Fiery Furnace:...

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Tazria: Alone and Alive

Let me tell you about this piano. It belonged to my grandmother, and for the last 11 years it has belonged to me. My grandmother, Philly Krieks, was Dutch, born and raised in Amsterdam. She and one of her two sisters studied music and sang in the Concertgebouw Orchestra Chorus,...

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Bo: Expect Goodness

It is the week of resolutions. Are you off on the right foot? How did you strengthen yourself to approach your new beginnings with a full heart, with full intention, and the will to not look back? I found inspiration for this new secular year in a different type of...

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