Shabbat: A Metaphor for Meditation

At our congregation’s Jewish Meditation just before Shabbat 2 weeks ago, Moshe (Mel) Seligsohn shared this intention (join us for our final week of this series of Meditation this Friday, 5:00-5:30 pm, and please contact me to share whether you’d be interested in more meditation opportunities in the future): How Is Jewish meditation different from other forms...

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Jewish Meditation

What is Jewish Spirituality?  A recent conversation with a few congregants helped to shine a light on the spiritual quest many in our community are pursuing.  Some of you have shared an interest in Eastern traditions of meditation and mindfulness and asked whether there is a place for such practice...

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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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Profound Moments: Dena Herrin

By Dena Herrin, RS President Before I tell you about a profound moment that I had, let me give you some context.  As some of you know, my connections to Judaism for most of my life were weak at best.  I left Hebrew school, which I hated, at 10 years...

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Open the Gates: The Spirit of Prayer

By Rabbi Jill Maderer, sermon delivered Kol Nidre evening 2011 If you enjoy cruise-ship vacations, you have likely come across a cruise-ship rabbi.   Often times when rabbis retire, they take a cruise-ship gig.  Unless you suffer from sea-sickness, it’s good deal.  The cruise can offer Shabbat services and the rabbi...

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Thrice Blessed with Torah

By Fred Strober Rosh Hashanah at Rodeph Shalom had special meaning to me this year. I attended both the “alternative” and “classic” services, finding each inspiring in its own way. Having played some role in shaping the back-to-back nature of the services, I felt that I wanted to participate in...

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Phillies vs. Yom Kippur

      Tonight’s Phillies’ playoffs game-Kol Nidre conflict has inspired a lot of commentary, a few jokes, and I am guessing a few dvr’s ready to record.  I hope the schedule conflict dilemma has deepened Jewish identity!  Our member Glenn Kutler just shared this beautiful story:       As a junior at Central High...

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Shabbat at RS: A Palace in Time

 by Rabbi Bill Kuhn The vision of Congregation Rodeph Shalom is to offer the kind of Friday evening Shabbat worship service which will help create profound connections among all of our congregants. On Friday evenings we hope all of our congregation will come together to welcome Shabbat and to pray...

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Torah as Our Constant Love: A Profound Moment

Presented by Michael Mufson at August 5 Shabbat Service When I first remember the concept of God being introduced during my first year of Hebrew School, I can still remember vividly the scene in the class room. The teacher was telling us that God is all around us. You can’t...

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