If Worry Comes to Your Heart: Anxiety, Control and Noah

Shabbat sermon delivered 10/24/14.   We just bought our Halloween candy for next week’s trick-or-treaters.  (I haven’t quite finished it yet.).  Bags of mini candy bars take me back:  Do you remember the 80’s, and the freak reports of razor blades in bags of candy?  Suddenly, the world was out...

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Family Friendly High Holy Day Services at RS

Open your heart, deepen your soul and celebrate…Please join us for a meaningful High Holy Day season! Contemporary Multi-generational Morning Services– Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 25, 8:30 am; Yom Kippur: Saturday, October 4, 8:30 am A full service for adults; yet a family-friendly atmosphere with children of all ages. Gender-inclusive language, Hebrew transliteration,...

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Counting the Omer: Shabbat Wonder

“Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of all knowledge,” taught Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.  As we count the Omer on this Shabbat, we dedicate ourselves to opening our eyes to the wonder all around us. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohenu Melech ha-olam asher kidishanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al s’firat ha’omer. Blessed are...

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Counting the Omer: Four Myths about Jewish Meditation

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/86436446] Thank you to our congregant, Elise Luce Kraemer, who helps to lead our regular Friday evening Shabbat-prep meditation, for this below article about helpful hints that make Jewish meditation more accessible for us all! I tried meditation once, but I couldn’t stop thinking, therefore I am “bad” at meditating. Typically, meditation...

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Counting the Omer: In Honor of the Memory of Maya Angelou

For teaching us the redemptive healing in telling our stories, for inspiring civil rights work not yet complete, for captivating a country with written and spoken word, thank you, Maya Angelou.  May your memory be a blessing. On today’s Omer counting, in honor of Maya Angelou’s memory, we pray that,...

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Counting the Omer: Liberated, Only to Be Bound

What is freedom in a world of obligation?  Liberation in a religion of responsibility?  As we move further from Pesach and closer to Shavuot, consider David Brooks’ ideas about how we are liberated, only to be bound. Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohenu Melech ha-olam asher kidishanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al s’firat ha’omer. Blessed...

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Counting the Omer: No Appeal on Justice

Still in the afterglow of yesterday’s ruling to strike down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, we just learned that the governor will not appeal!  The rejoicing for this step towards LGBT civil rights now feels even more real.  At this moment in the Omer, we look back from where we...

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Counting the Omer: Imagine What Could Be

In her book, Omer: A Counting, Rabbi Karyn Kedar identifies a theme for each week.  This 5th week, beginning today, she names, “Imagine.”  Kedar writes: “God declared that the land was flowing with milk and honey.  But it was not.  the land had date palms, tall, ready to yield their...

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