“Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat”

| March 31, 2009

As the weather grows warmer and the days grow longer, American Jews are preparing to celebrate Passover. Every spring, we remember our people’s escape from bondage and flight to freedom with songs and stories read from the Haggadah, our traditional guide to the Seder meal. Our primary symbol is a very simple one: matzo, the Read More

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President Barack Obama’s visit to Orange County

| March 27, 2009

Divine Source of Healing and Growth, Creator of a beautiful world around us and a moral universe within us, You who are called by so many names in all of the languages and traditions of the world, Awesome God of the Blue States and the Red States, of the United States and of the world, Read More

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Holiday Reflection: Pesach

| March 19, 2009

The Holiday: Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. After years of prospering in Egypt, the Israelites faced extreme hardships at the hands of a new Egyptian pharaoh, or king.  He feared their strength and their numbers, and enslaved them to ensure his own hold on power. Despite their backbreaking Read More

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Purim

| February 19, 2009

Purim is my favorite holiday, and not just for the spinning graggers & delicious hamantashen. The megillah is an inspiring story of Jewish unity amidst insurmountable struggle. When the wicked Haman threatens brave Mordechai, he turns his wrath not only against him, but the entire Jewish population. In response, noble Queen Esther fasts for three Read More

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