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B’reishet: Creating A Mature Spirituality

Welcome to the new Torah reading cycle. With the conclusion of the Holidays, we begin again our annual journey of discovery. We are at Creation; and it is “good”. This Torah portion is a semester [Read more…]

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Reflections on Aging

In These Days

This year, at the High Holidays, I glimpsed connection between the Days of Awe and our aging with intention: Treating oneself with honesty and tenderness. A changed rhythm. Self-reflection. Life review. Being a role model. [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

Post-Yizkor Thoughts

Is a picture still worth a thousand words?  We don’t talk of “pictures” much anymore, nor of “flashbulbs.”  We speak of “images” now. However, a proverb may be worth a thousand words … or more. [Read more…]

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Seekers of Meaning 9/24/2021: RUACH Emotional and Spiritual Support

On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, the guests are Taylor Paige Winfield Haboucha, the founder of RUACH Emotional and Spiritual Support, and Rabbi Karen Sussan, LMHC, an Emotional Support [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Shabbat Sukkot: Stop Looking and Start Living

The Torah reading for the Shabbat of Sukkot is drawn from Exodus 32:12-34:26. It is a recitation of holidays, including Sukkot. It also contains this famous incident in which Moses pleads to see God. He [Read more…]

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Sukkot 5782: Is It Time To Let Go?

The festival of Sukkot has, for many, had to suffer in the shadow of the High Holidays. We forget that it has a major place in our festival cycle, indeed, often referred to as THE [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32) Preparing Our Souls

This week’s Torah portion emerges from the power of the 10 Days of Awe, the High Holy Days.  Talk about timing! This is another one chapter portion that sees Moses’s final instructions as he prepares [Read more…]

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A Yom Kippur Litany of Blessings…To Be Added After Our “Al Chet”: It’s About Time!

We have written about the fact that maybe it is time–especially in these times–to recite a litany of blessings during Yom KIppur. This piece came from one of our followers and we invite you focus [Read more…]