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Stephanie D. Kolin
Then we Shall Rebuild Ourselves with Love (Yom Kippur 5778)

Stephanie D. Kolin  |  September 29, 2017

This brief, but illuminating instruction manual, suggests to us that, in our tradition, love is more than an emotion; love is an action. If I tell you that I love my friend, but I never spend time with them, I don’t help them when they’re sick, I don’t show up when they need me – then my saying I love them is a whole lot of words and not much else.

Angela W. Buchdahl
Shamor V’Zachor: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the ‘67 War (Yom Kippur 5778)

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  September 29, 2017

This summer, for the first time, I crossed the Green Line, to witness the post-’67 landscape for myself. I visited Israeli settlements in the Gush Etzion bloc, and then I joined a group of Jewish leaders on an Encounter trip where we met with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank. We were asked to engage in “resilient listening,” which meant listening to stories without trying to argue or persuade--not an easy things for Jews--but listening simply in order better to understand the other side.

Rabbi Lisa Rubin
This Too Shall Pass (Rosh HaShanah 5778)

Rabbi Lisa Rubin  |  September 22, 2017

When the people we love are healthy, when we have a way to make a living, when our children and grandchildren are thriving and our marriages are strong, that’s when we should say Gam ze ya’avor. We can never feel regretful or let down or wish to turn back the clock if we enjoy the present moment and truly live in it.

Rabbi Rebecca  Rosenthal
Parashat Haazinu

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal  |  September 22, 2017

Maurice A. Salth
Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Our Words Matter (Rosh HaShanah 5778)

Maurice A. Salth  |  September 21, 2017

Our words matter. What we say and how we say them. Our words can change people’s lives forever. How we speak to one another has been a priority for Jewish texts, commentators and congregants for millennia. What we say has power.

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