From Our Rabbis

Building Resiliency In Uncertain Times

By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman delivered this talk at the Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Building Resiliency in Uncertain Times on May 28, 2020.

I could have never imagined that I would grab a hand-sewn mask and a bottle of sanitizer before leaving the house to run an err…

Touch

By Rabbi Jonathan Biatch

This past weekend, I was watching a new series on one of the streaming services when one element of this program immediately caught my eye, and my tongue got caught in my throat instantly.

A young man was meeting the father of his love interest for the first time,…

Each Jew Can Find Their Way to Make Torah a Life-Giving Treasure

By Rabbi Betsy Forester

Last week, my colleague Rabbi Mendel Matusof wrote here about the great mystical sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (“Rashbi”), the Kabbalist and author of the Zohar, whose yahrzeit was observed on Lag BaOmer, this past Tuesday. I would like to extend that theme by sh…

Celebrating Lag BaOmer: Striving for Respectful Love Amongst Us

By Rabbi Mendel Matusof

Tuesday, May 12 (erev begins the evening of Monday, May 11), we will be celebrating the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer. Lag BaOmer is the day Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai passed away in the second century CE. Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai was the first to publicly teach the myst…

Grief and the Pandemic

By Rabbi Renée Bauer

As we begin the sixth week of the “Safer at Home” order from the governor and at least that long living with social distancing protocols, we are feeling the effects of this global crisis. Among the many responses we are feeling, we are grieving. While, tragically, …