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Matzah and Maror

03/26/2021 01:14:56 PM

Mar26

Please join us tonight for Sheldon Low at 7:00pm for a special Passover seder.

This past week I came across two texts from our tradition that highlight two of the very different ways to approach life.  One approach is to recognize the hardship of life and recognize that those hardships will make you stronger.  The other approach is to allow optimism, and hope to empower our journey.  Neither approach is the right or...Read more...

The Spiritual Journey of WandaVision

03/12/2021 12:34:20 PM

Mar12

I was reading an interesting article this week that analyzed a TV show that was recently on the air. The show in question was a show on Disney+ called WandaVision. The show WandaVision is the story of two superheroes trapped in a sitcom reality.

The show aired over the course of 10 weeks, each week airing a new episode with mysteries and story for the audience to appreciate and attempt figure out the show’s many mysteries....Read more...

Golden Calf and Responding to Mistakes

03/05/2021 01:03:02 PM

Mar5

This week’s Torah portion is one of the most pivotal and iconic stories in Judaism.  It is the story of the Golden Calf.  The Israelites, becoming stressed and scared about Moses’ prolonged absence, decide to build themselves a god in the form of a calf made of their gold.  This act assuages their fear.  Moses comes down and sees the calf and loses his temper and smashes the two tablets he is carrying on the...Read more...

Mitzvot of Purim

02/26/2021 11:11:08 AM

Feb26

Last night was our Purim spiel (I played Haman again, not sure what the people doing the casting are telling me) and it was amazing.  We will be posting on the website next week in case you missed it.  Tonight I will be talking about the notion of self-sacrifice in Judaism.  In light of Esther sacrificing her life to save her people, it got me thinking about when sacrifice of oneself is okay, and other times it is not. ...Read more...

Love Your Neighbor vs. Love the Stranger

02/19/2021 10:19:07 AM

Feb19

Can hate be a virtue? Does hate always have a deleterious effect, or can it be a constructive soul practice on occasion?  I invite you to join me tonight as I speak to whether hate can be a good thing for humans to practice.

This question arose for me as I attended a zoom lecture held by the American Jewish Archives entitled: “Confronting Hate in a Broken World”. 

While tonight I will be discussing the virtue of...Read more...

Apple Trees are the Fruit of Risk

01/29/2021 12:14:20 PM

Jan29

I would like to begin by thanking President Kathy Krechevsky for sponsoring The Afro-Semitic Experience service this month from the President’s Fund.  I would also like to thank TBDConnect for sponsoring our speaker Rifat Sonsino.  If you missed Rabbi Sonsino’s talk it can be found on our website.  If you enjoyed these programs, and would like to see more of them, I encourage you to support and contribute to our various...Read more...

Sephardic Judaism

01/22/2021 12:38:26 PM

Jan22

Tomorrow at 7pm on Zoom (zoom.tbdcheshire.org), TBD will be hosting Rabbi Rifat Sonsino.  Rabbi Sonsino will be speaking to us about Sephardic Judaism.  Rabbi Sonsino is an academic, writer and former pulpit Rabbi who was born and raised in Turkey. But why did I ask him to speak about Sephardic Judaism of all things? I asked him to speak about his Sephardic roots as I saw it as a parallel to our work on race. 

Sephardic...Read more...

How to Fight Evil

01/08/2021 02:42:29 PM

Jan8

I was asked by my friend and colleague Rabbi Evan Schultz, “How do we fight evil?”  This was in response to the following Facebook post I put up this week:

As I watch what is going on in D.C. I can only describe it as evil. It violates all standards of acceptable protest. Dissenting opinions are important but there must be parameters and we must all accept them. That is the only path. How we get somewhere is often more...Read more...

Minor Fast Days - A New Way to Look at and Practice an Ancient Custom

12/23/2020 01:23:06 PM

Dec23

While this Friday December 25th is known as Christmas, this year Christmas coincides with a Jewish day of Remembrance and a minor Jewish fast day. The tenth of Tevet is a minor fast day which commemorates when Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian King, began his siege of Jerusalem in 587 BCE. 18 months later on the 9th of Av, in 586 BCE, the First Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. This minor fast day that we observe this week on the 25th of...Read more...

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