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  • Soul Care

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I recently visited a hospital patient, an elderly gentleman with a name, a gaze and a life story from the old country. His deterioration had advanced to the stage of inhibiting verbal communication, so he spoke to me instead through gestures, nods and stares. But slowly, we drew...

  • Jews, Food and Holiness

    By Steven Carr Reuben

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I suppose it would be nearly impossible to go through an entire week of Passover for Reconstructionist and Reform Jews, not to mention eight days for the rest of you, without the profound experience in practically every pore of your body that Jewish identity is inextricably bound up...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Unworthiness is not a quality that carries positive connotations. It's usually thought of as a state to be overcome, or a situation to be avoided. Perhaps, though, it has a redeeming feature. Perhaps feelings of unworthiness should actually be reveled in and appreciated -- at least...
  • Children Count

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Children often are pestered by well-meaning adults. I remember as a child having my cheeks pinched, or, even worse, my ear lobe pulled by some sweet elderly lady. Recounting this experience at one of my evening classes, one student seriously asked me, "Rabbi, did she pull down or...
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  • Wishing

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Don't wish for fish, fish for fish." These words of sage advice were taught to me by my Grandpa Manny. He was a man of action. He was filled with exuberance for life with a twinkle in his eye and a word of encouragement and inspiration for everyone.

    Grandpa Manny was the one who...

  • Narrowing It Down

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The grocery store used to be a painful place for my 10-year-old son. He has trouble making decisions when there are too many choices. Hence, when in search of an after-school snack, Ralph's became his private, post-modern, market-driven hell. "Okay Aaron, what's it gonna be?" I'd...
  • Lighting the Darkness

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    With the simple act of lighting a candle, you can illuminate an entire room. Add a mirror, and you have twice as much light. So, too with people. We all carry internal sparks, rays of light within. But sometimes it takes another person to show us how to release them to ourselves and...
  • Sit Right Down and Write Yourself a Letter

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Write a letter. Address it to those you love -- your spouse, your children and grandchild, your friends, your community. Put into this letter what life has taught you: What you learned from childhood, from growing up, from your education. What you learned from marriage and raising...
  • In Abraham’s Shoes; and Julie’s, Too

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Isaac submits without struggle to the twisted leather straps that bind him. He is a helpless partner in this odd dance of death. Abraham reaches for the knife to slit his son's throat when mercifully, an angel calls out to stop the slaughter. A ram is to die instead of the boy.

    For...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Not long ago, Burt Visotzky and Bill Moyerspresented a television series on the Book of Genesis. A colleaguejoked about their remarkable success. "Sure, the series inspiredinterest, debate and, for many, a
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Deeply ingrained ideas die hard. This week'sparasha,however, helps to ring the death knell for one such idea. Many of ushave been trained to believe that the Torah's commandments can bebroken down into two basic categories. These re: the mitzvot we do for God and themitzvot we do for...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My older cousin, Earl, was into Judaism in a bigway when I was a kid. I mean, he was cool and everything -- playedguitar, had long hair, a beard, earth shoes and his own room in theattic -- but the guy loved to daven. From what I can remember, thismade him something of an exception...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Seeing Beyond Our Culture

    Parashat Shemot(Exodus1:1-6:1)

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    My son was 7 the first time he saw a beggarstanding beside the freeway offramp: a large man, disheveled andfilthy, with a hand-lettered cardboard sign that read, "WILL WORK FORFOOD." "Abba, who is that man?"...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Did the first people to read the Bible know theywere reading "The Bible"? And if not, what was it they thought theywere reading?

    The Bible has no title page. It has neither anauthor's introduction nor a preface -- nothing to tell us why it waswritten or how it is to be read. We call...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    You can't miss her. All over town, huge billboards advertise not cigarettes, automobiles or banking services but the image of a scantily clad young woman, with the caption "Angelyne." Her image is a caricature of male fantasies. What was once confined to the back pages of so-called...
  • Do You Believe

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    For a small donation, you can now e-mail your prayers to a site in Jerusalem where they will be placed into the Kotel, the Western Wall, on your behalf.

    With a powerful computer, scholars in Israel have revealed the secret codes embedded in the text of the Torah -- codes predicting...

  • Alligators Under

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I learned most of my theology not from my teachers but from my children. When my daughter, Nessa, was 3 years old, we had a routine. Each night, I would tuck her into bed, sing our bedtime prayers, kiss her good night and attempt to sneak out of the room. Halfway down the hall, she...
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Miserable

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Everything in Creation has a purpose, teaches the Midrash. But when someone gave us a gift subscription to People Weekly magazine, I was left to wonder if I had found the first truly purposeless thing in God's universe.

    You know People, the epitome of "lite" culture, with its short,...

  • Achre 5757

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A couple with whom I'm close had their first child, so I ran to the bookstore to get them our favorite book on child care. I had forgotten the exact title (it was always "the baby book") and the author's name, so I thought I'd just scan the shelf until it turned up. Shelf? Try...
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