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Talmud Torah

Rabbi Mark Levin on Spiritual Preparation

September 3, 2015 0

  [dropcap]W[/dropcap]e are in our month of spiritual preparation. What is spirituality? The best definition for me is for a person to have meaning and purpose in life, and to attach ourselves to something more [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Refuat HaNefesh, Sermon for Rosh Hashana 5775

September 29, 2014 2

A Sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Vice President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism Congregation Shirat HaYam, Nantucket “…I have set before you life or death, blessing or curse; choose life, therefore, that [Read more…]

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Holiday Food, Jewish Style

August 21, 2012 0

As the High Holidays approach, and we reflect upon the year past, we are in touch with the essence of our deeds, the essence of one’s soul and the essence of our relationship to and [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Rituals of Transition

November 7, 2011 1

The High Holidays are over and the year has begun–in earnest. The pace of life has returned and “routine” has ben re-established. Yet, for most of us the routine is that there is no routine.

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D'vrei Torah

God’s Eternal Question

October 7, 2011 0

With the ending of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, the Jewish calendar focuses on the first of our three Festivals, Sukkot. The symbol of the fragile dwelling place, the sukkah, is increasingly popular. More and more [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

The call of the month of Elul

September 1, 2011 0

Shalom. This month is a special one within the Jewish calendar. Elul begins. This is the last month of the Jewish year and in it, we are asked to slowly prepare our souls for the [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Conversation with a new friend from France

September 24, 2010 0

“Let us now relate the awesomeness of this day’s holiness,” the Unetanneh Tokef commences. This year, the day’s “holiness” for me was displayed by the meeting of a new friend. After schul, I started up [Read more…]