Expressions of Peace: A Journey and Prayer through Jewish Texts

Expressions of Peace: A Journey and Prayer through Jewish Texts (A Contemporary Piyyut,[1] first recited on March 13, 2022[2]) Rabbi J.B. Sacks   Our tradition teaches: “The sword comes to the world because of a delay of justice and through perversion of justice.”[3]   God cries out: “Oh, my suffering,...

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Cleaning Our Temple from the Idols We Worship

From the Rabbi’s Study Cleaning Our Temple from the Idols We Worship Two seasoned sailors heard the chaplain preach on the Ten Commandments. When the sermon was over, one sailor muttered to his friend, “Well, at least I never made any graven images.” That sailor, like most of us, looked...

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The Narrow Bridge We’re On, and the Courage of Hanukkah

From the Rabbi’s Study The Narrow Bridge We’re On, and the Courage of Hanukkah Rav Nachman of Bratzlav taught that, “The world is a very narrow bridge. What’s essential, however, is to fear not.” Artist Michael Morgenstern was inspired by Rav Nachman to create this work of art:  We are...

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Indispensable in Our Small Parts

From the Rabbi’s Study  Indispensable in Our Small Parts  Humans seem to have evolved from common ancestors. Scientist point to homo habilus.“handy man,” and others that are part of the homo grouping, known for their brain size and structure, and their use of tools. Homo habilus existed between 1.4 million...

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To Live All The Days of Our Lives

Judge Joseph Franklin Rutherford¹ a major figure in the development of Jehovah’s Witnesses, preached the motto they quickly adopted: “Millions now living will never die.” One observer remarked, “Yes, but the tragedy is that millions now living are already dead but do not know it.” In line with this observer,...

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