Ne’ilah message: Goldberg’s Pencils

 Ne’ilah: Goldberg’s Pencils (delivered by Rabbi J.B. Sacks on September 25, 2023)   A reporter traveled across the country in search of interesting stories. She arrived at a small town in the Midwest. At first, it seemed like every other town she had visited. However, one thing was different: No...

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Jewish Simplicity

Jewish Simplicity A lion can actually capture, kill, and eat a field mouse. However, it turns out that the energy to do that is greater than the caloric content of the mouse. So, if a lion spent the whole day hunting and eating field mice… it would slowly starve itself...

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How to Experience G!d

How to Experience G!d It is important to realize that G!d is to be experienced. It is equally important to understand that G!d cannot be captured in any one thing, nor reduced to a single moment or phenomenon. We sometimes think we can contain G!d in a thing, and thereby...

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PAINTING JERUSALEM: Modern Artists Portray Jerusalem

PAINTING JERUSALEM: Modern Artists Portray Jerusalem (A teaching by Rabbi Sacks in honor of Yom Yerushalayim, May 18, 2023)  [NOTE: This was part of a two-part session. Lifelong Learning Chair Fran Lande taught the first part, which focused on how Jerusalem remains sacred to three major world religions: Judaism, Christianity,...

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Israel Shabbat: Celebrating Israel’s 75th Birthday

Israel Shabbat: Celebrating Israel’s 75th Birthday (Special services and a Shirah B’tzibbur Singalong were held on April 21-22) We celebrated Israel’s 75th birthday with a special Israel Shabbat. On Friday night Rabbi Sacks and Student Rabbi Maayan Lev led us in a special liturgy conceived, compiled and edited by Rabbi...

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Tu B’Shvat And The Lorax

Tu B’Shvat And The Lorax by Maayan Lev  Tu B’Shevat, the New Year Of The Trees, is approaching (February 5-6). It functions much like a Jewish Arbor Day. There are many ways to mark this day. You can plant trees. You can have a Tu B’shevat seder (as we will...

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Tu B’Shevat: The Beauties of Nature

A tourist arrived in Taos, New Mexico, and found himself in a hotel room with a huge picture window overlooking a beautiful mountain. The tourist said to their spouse: “It would be a nice view, but I can’t see the scenery because that big mountain is in the way.” We...

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How Beautiful Our Heritage

How Beautiful Our Heritage  Jewish continuity has long been a phrase that has buzzed throughout the American Jewish community. Our lived heritage, as it continues to grow and evolve, exhibits that continuity. Our Tradition is the framework for constructing our modern Jewish world, for helping us create our Jewish identities,...

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The American and Biblical Spirit

The American and Biblical Spirit  As we approach Thanksgiving, we might naturally ask ourselves, “What does our country stand for?” Some things that come to my mind: universal, public education job training for our fellow citizens to meet our future needs health care helping refugees fleeing despotic regimes who come...

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