From Our Rabbis

Planting the Seeds of Change

By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

The following story is often told on Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees:

One day Honi the Circle Maker was journeying on the road and saw a man planting a carob tree. He asked him, “How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?”

The man rep…

The Positive Power of Prayer

By Rabbi Jonathan Biatch

In a world filled with secular talk, profane speech, senseless intention, and immoral action, it was somewhat refreshing to see that the 'positive power of prayer' has again made headlines.

In her opening statement recently to the US Senate Judiciary Committee hear…

Simchat Torah - True Joy of the Relationship

By Rabbi Avremel Matusof

Integral to all the festivals on the Jewish calendar – Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot – is the mitzvah to rejoice. "Rejoice on your festivals!" the Torah enjoins us. Of all the festivals, however, only Sukkot is described as "the season of our rejoicing," becaus…

Celebrating Sukkot and Finding JOY in Our Lives

By Rabbi Andrea Steinberger

The other day I sat with two college students and talked about how they are doing these days. They both spoke about how much they just needed to keep going: Get the online classes done. Write their papers. Not think too much. How they have dreams that are on hold…

A High Holiday Greeting for Unprecedented Times

By Rabbi Renée Bauer

Could any of us have predicted the year we have had when we were dipping apples in honey last Rosh Hashanah? It has been a very difficult year filled with the anxiety, loss and isolation caused by COVID, filled with pain as we watched more violence committed against Bl…