A meaningful life

Jewish Values in the Political Arena

This has been a very tough June. Scary to see our rights crumbling and our children taken. But as we approach the excitement of the Pride weekend and the peace of Shabbat several rabbis have shared thoughtful messages that I want to share with all of you. From Rabbi Gershon Albert of Beth Jacob Congregation…

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The Best Program Ideas Come from Participants!

I find that YOU ALL come up with terrific ideas for topics and events. I’m asking each of you to share your thoughts on questions you’d like to have answered, Jewish skills you’d like to learn, topics you want to explore, events you’d like to attend together. The sky’s the limit; suggest anything that moves…

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Turkeys for God

Rabbi Milder of Beth Emek in Pleasanton sent out this delightful message to his congregants. I simply HAD to share it with you. There are so many great things in it. 1. There’s a lovely blessing to say at your Thanksgiving table. (Below in italics) 2. There’s the delightful learning about the meaning of a…

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A Rabbi Reflects on a Jewish Response to Our Violent World

Reflections on Texas Attack During our services this past Shabbat, I offered a prayer: that the sense of normalization we feel around acts of senseless violence soon end. It feels as though each month is punctuated with unimaginable pain. After last week’s attacks in New York and Texas, words fail us. There are no words…

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