Counting the Omer: The Interconnectedness of all Things

Our counting of the Omer deepens the journey from Passover to Shavuot.  Join us each day with a teaching, blessing and announcement of the count. We begin with a week inspired by hesed, loving-kindness. In New American Haggadah, Nathaniel Deutsch comments that a small act of love can lead all the way to God.  “As Franz...

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Counting Up to Sinai: The Omer

Do you ever feel so focused on what is to come, that you miss what is before you?  When my family joins together for a meal, we laugh, we share, and we usually spend some time… talking about the next meal.  This readiness to discuss the next meal grows, not...

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What Has Been Put Before You?

Last year, I began to receive emails and facebook posts with an attached icon of the superman logo–the big red S in the five-sided border, that announces the presence of the man of steel.  Several of my rabbi friends had replaced their regular headshot photos with this Superman graphic, to...

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Pesach and Ukraine: A Season of Struggle

As we prepare to delve into the meaning of struggle, hope and relief with our Pesach festival, take a moment to discover the struggle, hope and relief that the JDC brings across the globe with Dov Ben -Shimon’s blog.  Dov will speak at RS Wed., April 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm–please join...

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Resources for a Sweet Passover

In preparation for Passover, we search for breadcrumbs to clean our homes of chametz.  And many are also on a search for a great Haggadah, recipe or a place to celebrate seder.  Here are some resources: Get inspired about Pesach’s meaning for today with this commentary. Check out this interactive seder plate...

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Seeds of Bravery

Rabbi Bill Kuhn delivered this d’var Torah last Shabbat and interpreted how we can all be “Brave!”  Last weekend was “Shabbat Parah” the first Sabbath after Purim, which highlights the connection between the holiday of Purim (last Saturday p.m./Sunday) and the festival of Pesach, which comes exactly 30 days later. There...

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Judaism and the 12 Steps: A Message for Everyone

What can Judaism offer to the spiritual journey in recovery?  The more I learn about Judaism and the more a learn about recovery, the clearer the answer becomes.  Jewish wisdom enriches the spiritual journey of recovery in many of the same ways Judaism deepens any of our spiritual journeys. In...

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The Universal Struggle For Freedom

By Rabbi Bill Kuhn It was impossible to watch the recent uprising in Egypt and not think of the Passover story. How ironic! Egyptian citizens in the year 2011 felt they were oppressed and enslaved by an authoritarian dictatorship. Perhaps their political oppression was not on a par with the ancient...

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Passover Celebrations and Haggadah Recommendations

Purim has come and gone.  That means Pesach is coming!  Here are some ideas for your preparation and celebration. Join RS for the Multi-Generational 2nd Night Seder on Tues., April 19, 5:30 pm! Join us for the Passover Shabbat and Festival Service (includes Yizkor) Saturday, April 23 at 10:45am! And...

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