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Inviting God In To Help Through Prayer

07/30/2021 01:26:05 PM

Jul30

Teshuvah is the act of repentance.  It is possibly one of the most powerful and difficult acts a human can undergo. It requires introspection, bravery and vulnerability.  The word Teshuvah literally means “returning”.  It is our attempt to return to a pain we caused and discomfort we feel. Through this act we attempt to make that which hurts not hurt anymore.  Teshuva is to reconcile and make peace not only with others...Read more...

Elul Preparation

07/20/2021 06:02:44 PM

Jul20

­­Rosh Hashanah is a time for supplication.  A time to humbly ask and beg for forgiveness.  We use Rosh Hashanah as a time to mend fences between us and others, ourselves and God, and with our heart and souls.  However, the work of supplication does not come easy.  To reconcile our wrongs is a lot like running a marathon, it requires energy, stamina and training.  Lots of training.  This is where the month of...Read more...

It takes a village to raise a person

07/16/2021 01:54:42 PM

Jul16

It takes a village to raise a person. It also takes a village to sustain an institution. Temple Beth David not only survives, but thrives because of our village. This past week our village has been very busy in working towards opening our doors fully in the coming months. This week the fundraising, reopening, and ritual committees all met on different days. It is this dedication and passion of our village that truly has me excited for the...Read more...

Where Should the Ark Go?

07/09/2021 11:50:36 AM

Jul9

Traditionally Jews in America pray facing east towards Jerusalem.  However, in our sanctuary our Ark faces west. One tradition of praying towards Jerusalem (in our case east) comes from the Talmud:

One who was standing in prayer in the Diaspora, should focus his heart toward Eretz Yisrael…Consequently, one standing in prayer in the East turns to face west, and one standing in the West, turns to face...Read more...

Modeh Ani

07/02/2021 12:17:15 PM

Jul2

Each morning we are supposed to wake up reciting the Modeh Ani prayer:

I am thankful before You, living and enduring King, for you have mercifully restored my soul within me. Great is Your faithfulness.

Many of the negative feelings that well up in our soul during our lives are the result of the locus of power being removed from us, and being taken by the other.  In a sense,...Read more...

Zocher Shabbat

06/25/2021 11:18:00 AM

Jun25

In the Torah there are two mentions of the ten commandments.  Once mentioned in the book of Exodus and once in the Book of Deuteronomy.  The fourth commandment about shabbat instructs us with two different verbs concerning shabbat.  In Deuteronomy we are told to Shomer, to guard or protect the Sabbath, and in Exodus we are commanded to Zachor, remember Shabbat. 

You may have heard the term Shomer Shabbos. ...Read more...

Life is a Journey

06/11/2021 11:39:36 AM

Jun11

I often hear, and agree, that life is about the journey not the destination.  Life being about the journey means that the meaning of life comes not from the accomplishment of goals but from the embarkment on endeavors and doing of tasks.  Meaningful and lasting happiness and fulfillment come from trying and risk-taking, not really from the reward. 

It turns out that...Read more...

Empowerment vs. Anti-Semitism

06/04/2021 12:18:09 PM

Jun4

 Ever since last week’s Shabbat message, I knew what I wanted to address in this week’s Shabbat message: the recent outbreak of anti-Semitic acts across the United States.  I had no idea what the content of the message would be, but I wanted to say--no, needed to say--something.  Over the course of the past week, I consulted a myriad of sources and people to try to come up with a something to say.  Secretly,...Read more...

Paper Guide

05/28/2021 11:32:54 AM

May28

Dear TBD community,

Tonight, we return to our beloved sanctuary.  I look forward to seeing you all in person tonight and in the future.  Rest assured that we will continue to stream services so if you cannot make it in person, join us virtually.

As we reflect on this past year, I have been reflecting on a teaching from Pirkei Avot (4:20):

Elisha ben Abuyah said: He who learns when a...Read more...

Tolerance

05/21/2021 12:14:24 PM

May21

During any given week if I am exposed to the same idea in different contexts, I tend to take notice.  This week the message of tolerance came to me in three forms.  The first (not in order) came in the form of an email sent late last night from Marty Cobern from the Christian Science Monitor.  The article asked the question “Is any conflict unsolvable?”  The author of the article describes contact...Read more...

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