A meaningful life

Rituals and Memory

I received the weekly email newsletter from Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. In it their rabbi, Menachem Creditor, spoke his congregation about tonight’s holiday, Tu Bishvat. I want to share his words with you. Dear Chevreh (Friends), Tonight is Tu Bishvat, the Jewish celebration of Trees, an annual reminder to care for the world we inhabit….

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Jewish Paths

Have you ever wondered what Orthodox Jews believe? I mean beyond the gossip. How do they chose a life of observance? What does it mean to them? Is there any part of it that makes sense for me? Have you wished you could ask an Orthodox rabbi but were afraid that they were all –…

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Jesus the Jew

Talking about Jesus can be hard in an interfaith family. But there are more books talking about Jesus from a Jewish and from a shared perspective. Take a look here. A Catholic woman once told me that Jesus was her dearest friend, that he has stood by her through very difficult times. In her process…

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Don’t Sleep Through the High Holidays

Many mornings my husband hits the snooze button – several times – leaving himself a narrow window of time before he has to hit the front door. Many of those mornings as his eyes pass over his beloved aquarium near the door he says, “Honey, could you feed my fish?” Of course I can. Now…

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“Being” Jewish should give meaning to your Life

  I’m going to invite you to think about “being” Jewish and what that means. Either you or your partner is Jewish. You may be raising your kids Jewish. Actually “being” Jewish poses questions about internalized identity and behavior and how they intersect. Being Jewish is entirely effortless; yet it demands action if you want…

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