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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Finding the Sweetness

Finding the Sweetness Maayan Lev  It was so great to see so many of you in our sanctuary for the High Holy Days, and to know that even more were with us online. On Rosh HaShanah, we greeted each other with the phrase shanah tovah (“a good year”). Some people...

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Hiddur Mitzvah: Color and Spice–and Everything Nice

Hiddur Mitzvah: Color and Spice–and Everything Nice   The extensive descriptions of the sanctuary in the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible),[1] and the descriptions of the appointment of the priests and their vestments is filled with color, artistic skill, and an emphasis on beauty. The ancient Sages spoke of hiddur mitzvah,[2]...

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Building a Sukkah As a Metaphor for Change

by Maayan Lev As a child, Sukkot was a very big holiday in my family. In fact, it may have been the biggest holiday of the year for us. This is because we had dinner in the sukkah together every night, usually inviting a different family to join us each...

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Remarks delivered by Rabbi J.B. Sacks at the dedication of Congregation Beth Shalom’s new synagogue space in Palm Desert

What Today’s Dedication Means (Remarks delivered by Rabbi J.B. Sacks at the dedication of Congregation Beth Shalom’s new synagogue space in Palm Desert on September 11, 2022)[1] Good afternoon! What a wonderful occasion for us to gather, the dedication of a new home for Congregation Beth Shalom, a new home...

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