“Jews don’t pray for, Jews pray with.” Those seven words from Rabbi Harold Kushner’s talk last night continue to resonate in my mind as a beautiful and eloquent way of regarding Jewish prayer. Although our prayer tradition contains abundant ritual and variety, it sometimes seems to me that it’s the act of reciting prayers together […]
Several years ago, my husband and I did adult Bar & Bat Mitzvah together. We did so with a dozen other people, and over the course of our three years’ study (starting with how to keep up in the siddur during Kabbalat Shabbat and culminating in chanting from the Torah on the bimah on Shabbat […]
Tzedek Reflection: A Multi-Congregational Response to Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty; Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA (afternoon; time TBA) This is the launch of a new initiative our Social Action Committee helped instigate! Our goal: Bring together Boston-area synagogues and Jewish institutions to mobilize against poverty in Massachusetts, through advocacy, service […]
Dear Friends, In preparation for Rabbi Harold Kushner’s talk on April 8, I invite you to join me for a discussion about Rabbi Kushner’s two key books on the subject of “why good people suffer” on Wednesday, April 2 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Mindful of the time constraints we all face, I have selected […]
Over the Presidents Day holiday, I spent a riotous weekend in New York. On the bus trip down to the city, our bus driver – who, judging by the inflection of his speech, did not grow up with snow – ran into a bit of trouble. As we were leaving from our ten-minute safety stop, […]
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