Rabbi Gordon’s Blog Page
What a year! Nothing has been normal since Spring. Literally every human being on the planet has had to reckon with COVID-19. With nearly 30 million cases and close to 1 million deaths worldwide, there is no place untouched. We are indeed blessed who live in upstate New York, where we were shut down early […]
🎵 Kol ha-olam kulo gesher tsar me’od… V’ha-ikar lo l’fached k’lal. “All the world is a very narrow bridge, And the essential thing is not to to be afraid … at all.” — Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav The bridge feels really narrow, sometimes these days. And I don’t […]
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 […]