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Sukkot: A Time of Honest Joy
Posted on September 29, 2023

Sukkot: A Time of Honest Joy

September 29, 2023   This Shabbat, we also observe the first day of the festival of Sukkot, which is called “Zman Simchateinu,” time of our rejoicing. Just a few days ago, we emerged from Yom Kippur, having immersed ourselves in the paradox that our lives are so fleeting, we are so vulnerable, and we have the power to …

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A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman
Posted on September 22, 2023

A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

September 22, 2023   Shana tova! It was wonderful to be together with so many of you over Rosh Hashanah. There was a palpable joy in the air! I hope that each of you found a point of connection with some piece of prayer, ritual, or melody. One of the great blessings of the High …

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Re-Setting our Family Table (Commitment)
Posted on September 1, 2023

Re-Setting our Family Table (Commitment)

September 1, 2023   Labor Day, for most of us, means the last days of summer, one more chance for a day at the beach or wherever your happy place might be before school, work, and “real life” take hold. But the origins of Labor Day can be traced to the organizing of 19th century labor activists, …

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Kindness to Animals is a Jewish Value
Posted on August 25, 2023

Kindness to Animals is a Jewish Value

August 25, 2023   While the start of Elul marked the end of the “dog days of summer”, there’s still time left to celebrate National Dog Month – the whole month of August! – and International Dog Day – August 26th! Our pets, and our dogs in particular, were always, and remain today, a defining …

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What Does it Mean to Live in God’s House? A Reflection for the New Month of Elul
Posted on August 18, 2023

What Does it Mean to Live in God’s House? A Reflection for the New Month of Elul

August 18, 2023   Chodesh tov! (A good new month!) The new month of Elul begins today, which means we are exactly one month from the beginning of the new year of 5784. A new month which brings us to a new year is a rich opportunity for contemplation, reflection, the excitement and perhaps the …

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The Spiritual Preparation of Seeing Ourselves: Parashat Re’eh and the New Month of Elul
Posted on August 11, 2023

The Spiritual Preparation of Seeing Ourselves: Parashat Re’eh and the New Month of Elul

August 11, 2023   This Shabbat is a time of turning and transition, as it is the Shabbat preceding the new month of Elul. Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah, is meant to be a time of deep self-reflection as we move toward the new year. In a noisy world, with so much demanding our attention …

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Eyes of Wonder:  A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Berkman
Posted on August 4, 2023

Eyes of Wonder: A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Berkman

August 4, 2023   I write to you this week from Aspen, Colorado, where I am visiting dear friends and having my first experience of the incredible Rocky Mountain landscape. I’ve included a few of my photographs from the trip here, including two taken on a train from Denver to Glenwood Springs, CO. This trip …

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Tisha B’Av to Tu B’Av –  From Lamentation to Celebrating Love
Posted on July 28, 2023

Tisha B’Av to Tu B’Av – From Lamentation to Celebrating Love

July 28, 2023   From Wednesday evening until last night after 9pm, Jews around the world read Eicha, the Book of Lamentations and observed the fast of Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av. This day commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in ancient Jerusalem, and is the date to which is …

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Reflections on Jerusalem: A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Berkman
Posted on July 21, 2023

Reflections on Jerusalem: A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Berkman

July 21, 2023   As we enter into Shabbat this week, I am reflecting on the themes of Tisha b’Av, which falls next week on Wednesday evening through Thursday. Because this day is one of mourning the destruction of the ancient temple in Jerusalem, I am particularly thinking about my recent experience living and learning in …

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