Every year there is a distinct period of time when I realize the High Holy Days are approaching. Why? Because spiritual warfare begins ferociously. Whether it is personal issues being brought to the surface, kids getting sick, work problems, synagogue craziness or all of the above...the heavenly storms begin to brew. It is no wonder … Continue reading Psalm 27: Waiting on the Lord by Brooke Manolis
You’re invited… To the month of Elul… Let me describe the party before you accept the invitation. It includes praying, looking at all that you have done wrong (and normally remembering what has been done to you), asking for forgiveness, and fasting eventually. Sound like your kind of party? Then Elul is for you! Actually, … Continue reading Embracing Elul by Heather Rosenberg
We are all gasping and reeling at the images we see splashed across the news and social media. The echoes of the phrase "Never Again" seem to ring hollow as white men, armed with flags emblazoned with swastikas and signs decrying the inhumanity of non-white people, marched with torches in the night. This time it … Continue reading Tikun Olam: A Jewish Response to Injustice
My heart is breaking for America. As a Black woman it’s so incredibly hard to watch people spewing words of hate and bigotry when Black people have fought so long and hard just to be thought of as human and not chattel. We say we’re a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values, but where’s the fruit? … Continue reading Charlottesville: A Call to Action by Leah Charles
My heart is heavy today. The world we live in can be an ugly place. We have taken the beauty that God created and painted over it in broad strokes of hate, fear, and violence. The demonstrations in Charlottesville and the death of one and injury to many is a result of an act of … Continue reading Love One Another
Who is it in your life that always puts a smile on your face? Whenever you think of them, your heart swells with joy. Your life is better for knowing them. Take some time today to reach out to them and let them know what a blessing they are to you!