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Synagogues around the world—and around Vermont—invited Jewish people and those of other denominations to attend Jewish religious ceremonies this weekend. This came as part of the Show Up for Shabbat movement, a national campaign to show solidarity with the Jewish community after last week’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
This week’s Torah portion, Toledot, tells us about the conception and early lives of Jacob and Esau. It also tells us a great deal about Isaac and Rebecca’s relationship with each other and with their sons. It begins like this…
Hello Temple Sinai, What a turnout we had for the #ShowUpForShabbat solidarity service last Friday night! Over 200 people of all faiths from across the community came to express their support for the Jewish community, including clergy from local churches, the president of the Islamic Society, Mr. Taysir AlKhatib, and Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman. After […]
Tonight, I would love to do a beautifully crafted sermon, in which all the threads and ideas weave into a single message that inspires. Sadly, this has been a broken week, when we are feeling broken, and my sermon is also broken. So I want to offer some thoughts on Pittsburgh, on anti-Semitism, on resistance, and on resilience.
This week’s Torah Portion is Chayei Sara, the life of Sarah, but the portion actually begins not with Sarah’s life, but with her death…
Hello Temple Sinai, ’Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch. A fearful thing to love, to hope, to dream, to be – to be, And oh, to lose. A thing for fools, this, And a holy thing, a holy thing to love…. The massacre at Congregation Tree of Life in Pittsburgh has […]
Hello Temple Sinai! This week’s Torah portion, Vayera, is among the most famous, and most confounding, as it contains both the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and the Akedah, or the binding of Isaac that we read on Rosh Hashanah. Both stories abound with conflicting interpretations, and both challenge us to figure out what they […]
Leave everything you know and go, but you’re not going to know where you are going until later. Ever felt like this?
Somehow this very ancient text managed in very few words to express the human condition of human beings in the modern world. We are every day, it seems, leaving what we knew, what…