The second part of this week's double portion, Chukat-Balak, is rather humorous, and even curious. In the second part of the portion, Balak, king of Moab, hires Balaam who is considered to be the world's greatest wizard, to curse the Israelites. Yet, when this great sorcerer attempts...
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July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm
February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
One of my favorite questions to pose to a group of adults is "What was a spiritual moment for you?" Hearing the details of the responses is powerful; the room becomes silent as each person relays his or her experience. The listeners are moved, inspired, opened in new ways.
October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Every week I go on two walks that I absolutely treasure. Each Sunday, my husband and I walk through a different section of Los Angeles. We have no destination, but our purpose is to exercise. We could choose other forms of exercise. We could be on a treadmill, moving in place without...
June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm
You cannot remove other people's anxieties, but sometimes you can help them to understand their feelings of unease and find ways to cope with them.
In my work with rabbinical students, I have faced the challenge in recent weeks of helping one particular group to sort out its fears...
February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Recently I had an opportunity to lead some adults through a group-dynamic exercise. They sat in clusters of five or six, and each person identified a strength of each of the other participants. There were some in the group who knew each other very well, others who were less familiar...
November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm
"Rabbi, I'm feeling off-center, unbalanced." "I'm depressed." "I'm anxious; not myself." "There is an incredible amount of negative energy in the air." "I don't want to read magazines; they are only filled with news of the war." "I now regularly go online to check the news throughout...
August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm
A young friend of mine switched career paths, giving up on an industry that she did not find fulfilling. She is now working in a field that she finds challenging, has potential for growth and gives her opportunities to contribute in ways that are important to her. This week she...