A meaningful life

Increasing your Happiness

American culture is one of individual RIGHTS. Jewish tradition is one of individual RESPONSIBILITY.  At the time of America’s founding our forefathers were leaving behind governments that oppressed them; rights were central to their thinking. Responsibility was already internalized. In modern times we’ve gone over the edge with personal rights and no longer give much thought to…

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The Best Gift is You

The 2023 Winter Solstice began at 7:27pm last night. No matter your religious tradition we all live on the same planet and those of us in the northern hemisphere have reached the darkest point of the year. For a few days the amount of daylight will remain the same and then, gradually, the minutes of…

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A Rabbi Encourages Her Congregation

(Photo: Entryway to Beth Sholom) Rabbi Amanda Russell of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco wrote an email to her congregants. She acknowledged their fears. Then she offered a small simple teaching that all of us can do. Look for her suggestion of how to help at the end of her letter. (Thank you Rabbi…

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Being “Woke”

Recently several people got into an argument on my Facebook page. The author of an article I posted described herself using the term “she/her”. One reader immediately dismissed all the author had written and complained about it. Others jumped in scolding the poster for her reaction. No one won. To be “woke” is to be…

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A Season of Understanding

I just received the email from Rabbi Larry Milder of Beth Emek in Pleasanton. It SPOKE to me. I wanted to share this with all of you. If, after reading this, you want to hear Rabbi Milder’s sermon Dec. 24th about the roots of Judaism and Christianity, you can watch on the synagogue’s website here….

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