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A Word of Torah: Elul Thoughts – The Gift & Power of Emotional Courage
Posted on August 24, 2018

A Word of Torah: Elul Thoughts – The Gift & Power of Emotional Courage

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman It is said in a midrash that the gates of teshuvah (repentance/return) are always open. During this month of Elul, however, we are called to attend to the repair and healing of ourselves and our relationships in a concentrated way. It is easy enough to avoid looking deeply at ourselves …

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A Word of Torah: Elul Thoughts – The Courageous Act of Waking Up!
Posted on August 17, 2018

A Word of Torah: Elul Thoughts – The Courageous Act of Waking Up!

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman The sound of the shofar is, it has been said, a kind of spiritual alarm clock. With the dawn of the Hebrew month of Elul, this primal sound, seeming to encompass the entire spectrum of human emotion and experience within it, calls us to mindfulness, to wakefulness, and asks us …

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A Word of Torah: The New Moon
Posted on August 10, 2018

A Word of Torah: The New Moon

by Rabbi Daniel Schaefer The new moon this weekend begins the new month of Elul. By the time the moon has waxed and waned we’ll be arriving at Rosh Hashanah, the start of a new year. Elul is a time for preparing for the High Holy Days, of awakening ourselves to do the work of …

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A New Partnership & Two Events
Posted on August 3, 2018

A New Partnership & Two Events

This is Lori Berry and Donna Rubenoff. We want to introduce ourselves as the co-leaders of the new temple-wide partnership that we launched in June with The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). GBIO works to coalesce, train, and organize the communities of Greater Boston across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and neighborhood lines for local social justice issues …

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A word of Torah: Gratitude for our food
Posted on July 29, 2018

A word of Torah: Gratitude for our food

by Rabbi Daniel Schaefer The early Rabbis who codified the Oral Torah in the Mishnah and Talmud, made a distinction between religious obligations that were considered d’oraita (from the Torah) and d’rabbanan (from the rabbis). In this week’s Torah portion, Eikev, we read the source for the one and only blessing, that according to the …

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Shabbat ~ Taking a moment to breathe together
Posted on July 2, 2018

Shabbat ~ Taking a moment to breathe together

by Rabbi Audrey Berkman Shabbat, as our sages understood, is a taste of the world as it should be – a pause from the busyness and noise of the day-to-day and a time to be present for ourselves and for one another; a time to bask in our blessings, focusing on the abundance of our …

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TOS Shows its Pride
Posted on June 5, 2018

TOS Shows its Pride

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman Today, for the first time, our 175-year-old congregation marched as a community in Boston’s Pride Parade. Shehechiyanu! It was such a wonderful celebration of life and love. From our truck, complete with a replica of our synagogue’s dome on top, we cheered, waved, and returned shouts of “Shabbat Shalom” while …

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Rabbi Berkman’s Invocation – Annual Meeting 2018
Posted on June 5, 2018

Rabbi Berkman’s Invocation – Annual Meeting 2018

by Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman Invocation and Reflections: Almost exactly one year ago, I stood here before you as your new Associate Rabbi, excited to partner with all of you and with Rabbi Sonia in a new chapter for this beloved community. From the time I first entered the sanctuary to meet with the Search …

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Parashat Bo – the Ninth Plague: Darkness by Ellen Mosner
Posted on March 26, 2018

Parashat Bo – the Ninth Plague: Darkness by Ellen Mosner

Ellen Mosner The origin of my name Ellen is derived from the Greek root ēlē meaning light or bright.  Perhaps that explains why I’ve always had an affinity for light.  Or more precisely, fire.  If you build a fire, I will be lost to it, mesmerized by the flames for hours.  So, it makes sense …

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