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May 5781 be a year in which we build each other up, hold each other up, dress each other up, and expand the circle of safety, peace, justice, and love in our lives.
Blessed are You, FABULOUS ONE, Who loves each of us just as we are.
Psalm 27 is traditionally added to the service during the month of Elul leading up to Rosh HaShanah. I’ve often asked myself why.
Thanks to Seth Liebson for sending me this great shofar call video! Today's winner of the Jewish internet Kudos to Mallory Palmer Posted by Adrian Durlester on Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Community means something different these days. So does gathering. In person, we must take elaborate precautions (masks, distance, abundant air) to protect ourselves and the those with whom we gather from the possiblity of infecting each other. So most of our gatherings take place electronically — by phone, through an on-line forum like Facebook, or on […]
… And so, we begin. Elul is the month before Rosh HaShanah, a month of preparation so that our High Holy Days are as powerful, meaningful, and transformative as we need them to be. Most years you probably don’t even notice Elul. Most years, you mark Rosh HaShanah on your calendar, maybe plan a special […]
Jewish tradition teaches us Lo ta’amod al dam rey-echa, do not stand idly by while your neighbor is bleeding (Lev. 19:16). This is a sh’at d’chak, an urgent hour. We need to show up right now, as Jews, in support of justice and real equality for Black and Brown people. Some Jews are Black and Brown […]
May 15, 2020 by Rabbi Debora S. Gordon • Rabbi's Writings • Tags: BlackLivesMatter, COVID-19, entitlement, freedom, Love your neighbor, music, politics of fear, racism, safety, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Torah verse, video, violence • 0 Comments
“Your personal liberty to swing your arm ends where my nose begins.”
I’m a rabbi in large part because of Reform summer camp. But pikuach nefesh, saving lives, outweighs all.