Elul Reflections: Loud Clamoring and Silent Stirring

 “The great shofar is sounded, and the still, small voice is heard.”  We read in the Un’taneh Tokef prayer, one of the central prayers of our High Holy Day liturgy, Uv’shofar gadol yitaka, v’kol d’mamah dakah yishama. How do we pay attention to the both the loud and the silent in...

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Elul Reflections: I Have a Dream

Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Dr. King’s I Have a Dream message of justice, change and the “fierce urgency of now” inspires us today, in a world still thirsty for racial justice and repair.  Let us be unsatisfied until, as...

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Elul Reflections: Habit

We are creatures of habit.  “Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits,” writes Charles Duhigg in The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business (p. xv).  In essence,...

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Elul Reflections: Tuff Courage

Lives were saved when school clerk Antoinette Tuff talked down a young man who showed up at McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Georgia armed with an AK-47 last Tuesday.  Learn about Tuff’s experience in this interview.  Witness Tuff’s extraordinary thought process and compassion on this 911 call.  Just after Tuff convinced the gunman...

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Elul Reflections: The Content of Our Character

On Friday, Rabbi Bill Kuhn taught in his Shabbat d’var Torah: On Wed., Aug. 28, our nation will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March On Washington for civil rights for African Americans.  Over a quarter million people from around our country assembled at the Lincoln Memorial, as the...

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Elul Reflections: Awaken

The great shofar is sounded, and the still, small voice is heard.  Uv’shofar gadol yitaka, v’kol d’mamah dakah yishama.  What will rattle in you this year upon hearing the shofar sound? Will you ignore the rattle, or will you be awakened? L’shanah tovah– Your RS Clergy

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Elul Reflections: What Do I Want?

Our lives are full of “should”s. I should go to the grocery store. I should make that appointment I’ve been avoiding. I should ignore the beautiful weather outside and finish my work to meet this deadline. What if we were to consider this coming year full of “want”s? I want...

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Elul Reflections: I Am Safe

New words for old ideas as we prepare for the new year… Here is a take on Psalm 27, the Psalm read daily in the month of Elul. With the living and eternal God as my goal and guide fear and anxiety preempt no place in my life. All the...

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Elul Reflections: Awake

The shofar calls to us:  Awake, you slumberers, from your slumber, and rouse yourselves from your deep sleep.  Search your deeds and turn in repentance.  Remember your Creator, you who forget truth because of the vanity of the hour; who go astray all through the year in pursuit of trifles...

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Elul Reflections: Setting Aside a Portion

Our CSA shares are nourishing both the bodies and the souls of our congregation!  Each week, congregants pick up a box of organic vegetables to bring home and one share is set aside, so that a group can cook up the food for congregants who might feel supported with a...

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