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A Kavannah of Hanukkah

by Student Rabbi Roberta Glick

There are 2 themes: gratitude and tsheuvah that I want to talk about today with regards to Hanukkah. Hopefully something old and something new for everyone.

We sometimes think of Hanukkah as a “minor” holiday, maybe celebrated to balance against another big holiday in December. And we know Hanukkah is about a war that the Jews won against the Greeks, against […]

By |2018-12-06T20:40:33-06:00December 6, 2018|Jewish Holidays, Jewish Meditation, Kabbalah|4 Comments

Hanukkah and Our Highest Self

My Grandson recently said this about his twin Aunts:

“Whenever I see a tree it always feels deep inside me that I am earth.

And when I am with Beth and Ella it feels like they are earth with me.”

While this haunting call to Oneness comes from the heart of a six year-old, philosopher Ken Wilber also calls us to mindfully live in the light of […]

By |2018-12-03T18:46:48-06:00December 3, 2018|Jewish Holidays, Kabbalah|0 Comments

Sing Hallelujah

By Student Rabbi Stacey Robinson

 

Sing praise and

shout hallelujah

as bullets sing their siren song

and death is never far;

and sing praise

while fires rage and

children fall silent

behind barbed wire fences, and

children fall silent

with bellies distended, and

children fall silent

as their homes are devoured,

and they race against monsters and time.

Sing praise, for the monsters are winning.

 

Free the captive.

Feed the hungry.

Give shelter to those in need.

This is my song,

this praises […]

By |2018-11-21T20:05:51-06:00November 21, 2018|Current Events, Torah|0 Comments

A Kaleidoscope of Angels: for parashat Vayeitzei

 

By Stacey Robinson

Put the stone under your head
and rest; don’t be disturbed
by the kaleidoscope of angels
on their merry ride of
up and down,
between heaven and earth
and there and back again.

They may be lost,
those angels, or at least
Stuck, intractable in their
proscribed tracks,
their lesson a cautionary tale
in thinking heaven is up.

Let your stone,
cold and hard,
remind you that
there is no place God is not,
even in that rock,
and all […]

By |2018-11-15T19:06:35-06:00November 15, 2018|Torah|0 Comments

Chai Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

 

In the Jewish tradition, the number 18 represents the word “Chai” or Life.

Congregation Bene Shalom and Hebrew Seminary invite you to join us

In an affirmation of life and unity and gratitude

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Beginning at 2:30pm

Chai Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

held at Congregation Bene Shalom

Different clergy leaders from our diverse […]

By |2018-11-14T16:05:52-06:00November 14, 2018|Current Events|0 Comments

Malchyot Reflection

by Student Rabbi Dr. Roberta Glick

Malchyot: Kingship.  What relationship does that word evoke in you?

Is it the “radical amazement” of Heschl trying to explain the awesome mystery of the transcendent Divine Presence?

Is it the fear and trembling of judgment, like Adam when he heard the kol of G-d who asked: “Ayekah? Where are You?”

Sometimes we need a Malchyuot, someone else to be in charge. […]

By |2018-09-13T18:19:03-05:00September 13, 2018|Jewish Holidays|0 Comments

In the Space of Tekiyah: Reflections on the Start of 5779

By Student Rabbi Stacey Z Robinson

This is about the 19th iteration of my personal reflection.  The 19th of today, and the 19th written down.  There have been infinitely more than 19 iterations playing in my head, ever since I was so kindly asked me to write one for Rosh HaShanah.  Knowing what I want to write has not been the issue.  Getting it right, finding […]

By |2018-09-11T19:32:02-05:00September 11, 2018|Jewish Holidays|0 Comments

Water and Fire – Unetaneh Tokef

By Student Rabbi Stacey Z Robinson

Ribbono shel olam,
Master of eternity,

Who numbers the stars
and the dust,
Who counts our souls –
our deeds –
our days.

You, who remembers
what time has forgotten,

Who writes and seals –
though we tell our own stories,
and live our own lives –
Blessed is the One
Who opens the gates
that we, ourselves, have closed.

God of stillness and secrets,
whose name is hidden
within our own,

Let me draw near
so that […]

By |2018-09-09T20:16:26-05:00September 9, 2018|Jewish Holidays|0 Comments

Intend — by Student Rabbi Stacey Z Robinson

I had intended…

Wait. Let me start again, this time in the present. I intend…

Ugh. I have no idea what I intend, what I had intended, what I will have intended.

What I know is that I love the English pluperfect– past, present and future, all rolled into one. Even more than the pluperfect tense,  I love that in Hebrew, we consider not necessarily past, present or […]

By |2018-09-06T15:32:54-05:00September 6, 2018|Jewish Holidays, Weekly Torah Portions|0 Comments

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