Spirituality

Remembering 9/11

Every 9/11 we remember that hellish morning when we learned that planes had hit in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. We know just where we were standing, what we were doing when we learned of the attack. One young man, an Oakland firefighter who went to New York as part of the mobilization of…

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Seeds of Light

I want to share with you a beautiful piece that Jhos Singer sent out to his community, Chochmat Halev. It is a reminder to take time to notice the blessings around you. Slow down, enjoy this life. There are seeds of light planted everywhere if you can see them Shabbat Shalom Chaverim, There is a…

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Should we all be the same?

Have you ever felt out of step with those around you? Sometimes, even among those we love most, we feel “different.” I witnessed several experiences of that this week. In the first, I read Cantor Jennie Chabon‘s beautiful drash, “Is God the one thing?” When my brother was in college, he and his friends began…

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What is Worth Carrying Forward

This Shabbat Rabbi Rebecca Gutterman of B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek sent the following email to her congregation. You probably all know about the sequoia that fell in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Rabbi Gutterman draws a connection to this week’s Torah portion, Vayechi. Reading it gave me the shivers. For those of us who…

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Healing After the Election

The rabbis of Peninsula Temple Beth El sent out this email to their community. Dear PTBE Community, This morning the sun rose just as it did yesterday and as it will tomorrow, but for most of us it doesn’t feel the same. Today greets our nation with feelings of unprecedented division. For some elation and…

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