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BlogShalom · 5d ago

I Am Thankful or The Glass Is Half Full

Around the High Holidays, I shared a reading called “I Am Thankful” that puts a thankful spin on the stuff we’re often not that thankful for. The reading resonated with many of you. I’ve pla...
BlogShalom · 1W ago

Living and Sharing the Lesson of Kristallnacht

As the sun came up on November 10, 1938, seventy-nine years ago, Jews throughout Germany, annexed Austria and areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia were in shock. They had just experien...
BlogShalom · 2W ago

November’s Radical Kindness Challenge: Say Thank You!

Rabbi Eliyahu Lopian (1872-1970) is regarded as one of the great teachers of Mussar, a Jewish movement that promotes character development and spiritual growth. Legend has it that while Rabb...
BlogShalom · 3W ago

David Schwimmer – A Much-Needed, Bright Star

“Please look heavenward and count the stars, if you are able to count them,” says God to Abraham in this week’s Torah portion, “so will be your seed.” Sadly, sometimes the seed is rotten, so...
BlogShalom · 1M ago

Thank You!

As most of you know, this year I decided to give the Yom Kippur Appeal with the hope of raising funds needed to cover the costs associated with our scholarship and dues reduction programs. W...
BlogShalom · 1M ago

Sukkot & The Second Amendment

This is a video of a sermon I gave on Friday, October 6th, 2017. With the Jewish holiday of Sukkot falling just days after the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, I turned to the rituals and tea...
BlogShalom · 1M ago

Reclaiming Our Holiness

As we begin reading the Torah all over again this Shabbat – starting with the creation story – we come across a very timely message. While creating humanity, God says to the angels, let us m...
BlogShalom · 1M ago

The Science Of Happiness

Sukkot is here and with it, as I shared earlier this week, z’man simchateinu – our time of happiness. But, the Las Vegas shooting has filled us with sadness, anger and many other emotions th...
BlogShalom · 1M ago

The Holiness of Wholeness

BlogShalom · 1M ago

Saving Ourselves From The Forest – My Yom Kippur 5778/2017 Sermon

Last night, Cheryl talked about radical kindness – the idea that by simply doing what is right, by expressing your generosity, your care and compassion for others, by truly loving each other...