‘With All Your Heart and Soul’ and Single-Tasking

This week’s Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia Jewish Exponent Shabbat D’var Torah column: “‘With All Your Heart and Soul’ and Single-Tasking.”  Am I right to guess that there are others out there who face the challenge–to simply do one thing at a time? –Rabbi Jill Maderer

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Even in Darkness it is Possible to Create Light

There are people whom we witness from afar, who make an imprint, and whose stories even mark the stages of our own life and growth. I have a sense that this kind of impact, that defines moments in our lives,  for some of us has been discovered through our encounter...

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Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again?

My husband, the I.T. professional, appreciates a certain tech-British sitcom he recently discovered.  On the show, the help desk repeats to each and every caller: “Hello, I.T. Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Not a bad response to our own challenges, I.T. or not.  Shabbat is here...

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Two States for Two Peoples Demands Not BDS, But Empathy

This week, my 10-year old son reflected with me about a wonderful lesson in his class at Berkman Mercaz Limud (our religious school).  The 4th graders learned about the siren that was sounded throughout Israel two weeks ago for Yom HaShaoh—Holocaust Remembrance Day, and just last week for Yom HaZikaron,...

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“Then They Came for the Jews”

I have been horrified and heartbroken to hear hate speech spoken, and worse, accepted without repercussion, in so many circles of American life.  From the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic “scholarship” and responses at my husband’s alma mater, Vassar College, as well as other campuses, to candidates and their followers who scapegoat...

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Remembering Refugees at Passover

This Passover (Passover celebration resources, here), as we celebrate our exodus from Egypt as refugees seeking freedom in a promised land, let’s also think of the refugees today escaping the horrors of war and oppression and seeking freedom in the United States.  When you come to RS for services, Berkman...

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Passover Resources 2016

Passover is coming!  Are you looking for resources?  Start to eat down your bread, get your post-it’s ready if you’re preparing a seder, and check these out!  A sweet Pesach to all! A family-oriented Haggadah, “Now We Are Free“. The Four Questions, chanted by Cantor Frankel. Social Justice ideas from...

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Resources on Mental Illness and Addiction

Thank you to our RS teen, Ella Komita Moussa, for creating this great resource sheet on mental illness and addiction for our evening with Patrick Kennedy Tues., April 12, 7:00pm! file:///C:/Users/Jill/Downloads/RS%20Lecture%20(1).pdf

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