‘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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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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Out from Mental Illness and Addiction Stigma and Into the Sun

Delivered this Shabbat in anticipation of former Congressman Patrick Kennedy’s upcoming talk at RS about mental health/addiction parity and de-stigmatization.    At some point during my adolescent years, my father came home with a package and presented it to my sister and me.  It was a box of 1000 red pencils,...

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Shema: Free Speech & The Citizen’s Freedom to Hear

Our portion of the week, parashat New Hampshire, has gotten me thinking about democracy and free speech. When the campaign results were in on Tues. evening, I watched all of the primary speeches, victory and defeat. Maybe I’m just shmaltzy, but I’m a patriot, and I was moved by most...

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Choosing Gratitude

Last week, Dr. Dan Gottleib of WHYY hosted his final weekly Voices in the Family. He focused this final show on gratitude.  As callers thanked Dr. Dan for giving them something– courage or patience or thanks…  he responded: “I don’t give anyone anything that isn’t already there.  It’s about seeing what’s...

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Turning Fate into Destiny with A “Sabbath Lie”

Can you see what this image, created by Anya Ulinich (speaking Sunday at RS) depicts?  A woman dressed in a business suit riding a Shabbat candle-fueled challah! The picture serves as an illustration for Susan Pashman’s column in the Jewish Forward, “My Big Sabbath Lie–And the Joy It Brought. When Susan Pashman first...

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Confinement Vs. Authenticity on Coming Out Day

For parents of grade school children, it is Back to School Night season.  This week, as my husband and I squeezed into the little 4th-grader chairs, we learned from our child’s teacher about a class-bonding activity they experienced.  The children created pictures to represent themselves as they are known to...

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