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Fortune Cookies and 2021

Parashat Vayihi, 2021 Last Thursday night was Christmas Eve and like many Jews around the world, I celebrated with take-out Chinese food and Kung Pao Kosher Comedy.  The garlic eggplant and moshu vegetables were delicious but the fortune cookies were extraordinary. ...

“WE VS. ME” FOR THE GREATER GOOD

“We vs. Me” for the Greater Good Parashat Vayishlach - December 6, 2020 Yesterday the governor of California announced a return to the strictest level of pandemic restrictions with masks mandatory outside of your house, period, through at least early January. I was...

A Creative Chanukah Assignment 
A Creative Chanukah Assignment 

The Talmud ties the lighting of the Chanukkah candles to the notion of Pirsum HaNeis “advertising the miracle.” There are lights in the darkness everywhere, and it’s our job to notice them and share the news of their existence with those around us.

From Age-ing to Sage-ing
From Age-ing to Sage-ing

“From Age-ing to Sage-ing”
Based on the work on “Eldering” by the late
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z’l
and Debby and Barry Barkan.
This course is intended to give participants some of the tools for purposefully participating in their own individual spiritual development as they journey toward life’s completion.

Shabbat Inspiration – Choosing Living Judaism
Shabbat Inspiration – Choosing Living Judaism

This week as our online prayer group collected our thoughts, one of the undertones was the growing fear that the American Jewish community is under attack, that the times are changing, and that we need to take action to defend ourselves. Many of us are asking “Is this...

Yom Kippur Morning – by Reb Jamie Hyams
Yom Kippur Morning – by Reb Jamie Hyams

I have been blessed with my first 0ne-on-one bat mitzvah student, a lovely 11 year-old girl. It has been a long time since I was 11, and I have no daughters so hanging out with an 11 year-old is a new experience for me. Clara and her parents are Argentinian and she spent 4 years in Hong Kong, and then Ohio, and now in our community, so her perspective is fresh, enriching and causes me to think.

Kol Nidre – by Reb Jamie Hyams
Kol Nidre – by Reb Jamie Hyams

Last week on Rosh haShanah, I commented on the idea “May we be inscribed for a good year.” I explored the idea that in the coming year there will be things over which we will have no control, and other things whose outcome we can affect through our actions.