Holiday Reflections: Tu B’Shvat

| January 14, 2009

  The Holiday: Tu B’Shvat is the New Year for trees. One of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah, Tu B’Shvat enables Jews around the world to reflect on nature’s many blessings, and to contemplate our role in shaping our physical environment.  The holiday marks the beginning of the season in which trees emerge Read More

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Holiday Reflections: Chanukah

| December 1, 2008

The Holiday: Chanukah celebrates the Jews’ unlikely military victory over a powerful foe and a subsequent miracle involving the rededication of the Holy Temple. Thousands of years ago, the Jews lived in the Land of Israel, also known as Judea, which was controlled by the Seleucids (a Syrian-Greek people).  After Antiochus ascended to the Seleucid Read More

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Yom Kippur D’Var Torah

| October 5, 2007

Cry Aloud, kra b’garon – from the throat. Hold nothing back, Shout as loud as the Shofar. Sh’ma Israel! Wake up! God puts these words in Isaiah’s mouth. He cried out to his people – the Israelites who were doing what we do today – hurting each other, living small lives. Caught up in greed, Read More

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All Religions Teach: End Hunger

| March 27, 2007

The Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown on April 2, 2007.  Jews around the world with gather around a seder table to recall the Israelites liberation from their bondage of slavery.  As a community, we will reflect on what freedom truly means, not only for our ancestors, but also for all people, many of Read More

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