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Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
October 13, 2017

It took a week. All they could do for those first seven days was sit and weep. The shock was so intense that it took a full seven days before they even realized they were hungry. And once they became aware of their hunger, they had no idea where to begin their search for food. They’d never had to worry about finding food before. They were scared and lost. All they could think about was what had been, they couldn’t begin to comprehend the possibility of moving forward.

Their confusion was understandable. Their home had been a paradise. In fact,...

Rabbi Janet Marder
October 12, 2017

“Spring and Fall,” by Gerard Manley Hopkins:
To a young child  

Márgarét, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was
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Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
October 6, 2017
Rabbi Sarah Weissman
Yom Kippur 5778
September 30, 2017

My one and a half-year old son, like many children his age, loves to have the same book read to him over and over again.  A few weeks ago, his book of choice was “Where Is God?” by Rabbi Lawrence and Karen Kushner.  It goes like this: “Where is God?  God is in the beginning.  In the first red tomato, and in cookies fresh from the oven….  Where is God?  God is in the end...  In the last wave goodbye, and in the last years of life…. God is in the way people come together.  In the sharing of a...

Antoinette Rose, MD
Yom Kippur 5778
September 30, 2017

The concept of “B’tzelem Elohim” – or “We are made in God’s image” - is fundamental to my own striving for holiness. It makes sense, since I am a doctor, and spend my entire professional life thinking about bodies.  “We are made in God’s image” doesn’t just refer to me, it refers to every patient I see in my practice.  I’ve also understood for years that this concept doesn’t refer to how we look, as much as to how we behave – God clothes the naked, so we clothe the naked, God buries Moses, so we bury the dead, God...

Rabbi Janet Marder
Erev Yom Kippur 5778
September 29, 2017

Tonight, I’m wearing my favorite necklace. I’ve worn it pretty much all the time since I received it this past Mother’s Day from my daughter, Betsy, and her husband, Mike. It’s a simple silver chain that holds the emblem of a tree of life. Encircling the tree are the names of the two newest blossoms on our family’s tree of life -- my grandchildren, Maisie and Judah. I wear their names close to my heart, always. Even when you can’t see it, the necklace is there, and the names are there – for where else could they be but engraved...

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