Counting the Omer: Netzach

As we begin the 4th week of the Omer, we focus this week on the idea of Netzach, often translated as victory.  Netzach communicates the idea of long-suffering, strength, endurance unto completion or patience.  A powerful poem, that many of us have heard at funerals and memorial services exemplifies the...

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Counting the Omer: Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut, Independence Day, in Israel is always preceded by Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers. The message of linking these two days is clear: Israelis owe their independence–the very existence of the state–to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it. The official “switch” from Yom Hazikaron to...

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Terumah and Pete Seeger – Bringing God into this World

“This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” These are the words that are etched into Pete Seeger’s banjo.  Seeger, who passed away this week, wrote and lived those words throughout his life.  Whether fighting the hate of racism, war...

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Thanksgivukkah!

I imagine most of you have by now been forwarded some email about the convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving this year.  Yes, it is true that the first night of Hanukkah this year is the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and it is also true that this will not happen again...

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The Face of God

Who here has seen the musical Les Miserable?  I still remember the first time I saw Les Mis –  I remember my parents taking my to the Wang Center in Boston.  It was amazing!  The moving stage, the costumes, the music, the emotion – I was blown away. As I...

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HaDag Nachash, Here I Come!

If you’ve ever seen the Adam Sandler movie, Don’t Mess with the Zohan, you may be familiar with the band, HaDag Nachash.  Their name which literally means Snake Fish, is a Hebrew spoonerism of the phrase Nachag Chadash, a new driver.  Through mixing hip hop and rock, western and eastern...

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Cantorial Search Update

Our cantorial search committee has been hard at work!  In our initial meeting we began by thinking about the characteristics that our congregation is looking for in an ideal candidate: We need a wonderful cantor who can provide visionary leadership in all aspects of the life of our congregation. We...

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