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Passover Greetings

March 29, 2018 13 Nisan 5778 Dear Friends, Tomorrow evening, all around the world, Jews and their families and friends will gather together to participate in a ritual that goes back thousands of years.  As we dip parsley into salt water, we will think not only of the tears that our ancestors shed during their [...]

By |2018-03-30T01:08:07-07:00March 29th, 2018|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

Rabbi Zari’s Sermon erev Rosh Hashanah

Dvar Torah:  Erev Rosh HaShanah Singing and Working and Fighting for our Lives Rabbi Zari M. Weiss Wed., September 20, 2017  1 Tishri 5578   One image has stayed with me from this summer:  a group of clergy—rabbis, ministers, a Muslim woman leader, a Buddhist priest, and others—marching, arm-in-arm, down the streets of Seattle under [...]

By |2017-09-22T21:37:15-07:00September 22nd, 2017|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

Rabbi’s Blog for Parashat Ki Tetzei

Dvar Torah Parashat Ki Tetzei Friday evening, September 1, 2017   11 Elul 5777 Shabbat Shalom.  Oh my.  What challenging times we are living through these days, aren't we? There is so much happening, so much coming at us every week:  the chaos in our national government, the rise in anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia, hate speech and [...]

By |2017-09-04T05:11:29-07:00September 4th, 2017|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

Rabbi Zari’s Passover message

Dear Friends, This year, Passover offers a particularly poignant opportunity to think about the many millions of people throughout the world who searching for safety and security, because they are fleeing oppressive regimes, violence, or looking for freedom from the crushing burden of poverty and hopelessness. There are many excellent resources that can supplement the [...]

By |2017-04-03T17:58:51-07:00April 3rd, 2017|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments

Parashat Vayera

The origin of the idea that Abraham and Sarah were so welcoming of guests actually comes from this week’s Torah portion, Vayera.  The portion begins, “And the Eternal appeared to him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre; and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.  And he lifted up his eyes and looked and lo, three men stood by him; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground.”

By |2020-11-06T15:23:40-08:00November 18th, 2016|Rabbi's Blog, Writing|0 Comments

Rabbi Zari’s 5777 Kol Nidre Dvar: For the Sins we have Committed

rabbi-zaris-5777-kol-nidre-dvar-for-the-sins-we-have-committed Yom Kippur Dvar For the sins that we have committed: Collective Responsibility Kol Nidre Rabbi Zari M. Weiss October 11, 2016 10 Tishri 5777 I did not know. I did not know the people whom we refer to as Black or African American could not get legitimate mortgages in this country until as recently [...]

By |2019-11-03T03:24:07-08:00October 14th, 2016|Rabbi's Blog|0 Comments