Sage Guttmann
Bar Mitzvah D'var Torah: Chol haMoed Sukkot
Exodus

Exodus

I believe the Jews put too much power into the golden calf while our government is putting too much power into a vision of America ...
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Merna Ann Hecht
Yom Kippur D'var Torah
Made of Stories

Made of Stories

I have thought of language as a flock of birds, since like birds our stories transcend borders ...
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Rabbi Zari M. Weiss
Erev Yom Kippur D'var Torah
Collective Guilt/ Responsibility

Collective Guilt/ Responsibility

To be a Jew, and to participate in this annual ritual, is—I believe--to be able to see our own, as well as others’ humanity, more broadly.  We come together on ...
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Ilana Guttmann
Kol Nidre Community Appeal
Common Denomination

Common Denomination

It’s a lovely thing to come together under one big tent, but I also value being part of a community that gets to define itself, a community that represents my ...
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Andrea Kaufman
Rosh Hashanah Jewish Journey
The Diversity of Cultures Within Israel's Borders

The Diversity of Cultures Within Israel’s Borders

Shana Tova! Today I’d like to share with you some of my reflections on “The Diversity of Cultures Within Israel’s Borders.” Our tour began in Jerusalem, a beautiful city, of ...
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Rabbi Zari M. Weiss
Erev Rosh Hashanah D'var Torah
The Arc Bends Toward Justice

The Arc Bends Toward Justice

There, in the midst of an area that is so sullied by such a hateful and violent past, I saw that arc.  It is long, very long, as Dr. King ...
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Marty Westerman
Erev Rosh Hashanah Jewish Journey
Israel Trip

Israel Trip

Whenever I discuss Israel with anyone, the first thing I say is, “Politics aside, it’s the most dynamic country on Earth.”  Israel invented WAZE, and drip irrigation, and molten salt ...
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Michael Seidel
Shabbat Lech Lecha D'var Torah
Lech Lecha

Lech Lecha

Take a moment and think about something that prevents you from forging a new journey with a sense of your own wholeness. Do you pay homage to this thing so ...
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Rabbi Zari M. Weiss
Yom Kippur D'var Torah
Conversation with God

Conversation with God

The truth is G-d, I feel that I spend so much of my time trying to “promote” Judaism to others. I’m always trying to get people to “join” our community ...
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Jonis & Charles Davis
Rosh Hashanah Jewish Journey
Seeking Justice, Working Together

Seeking Justice, Working Together

We were heavily criticized by some in the Jewish community for meeting with Palestinians and other Arabs, and some of our Arab partners were likewise criticized for meeting with Jews, ...
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Rabbi Zari M. Weiss
Erev Rosh Hashanah D'var Torah
Living with Integrity

Living with Integrity

As we move forward into the future, whatever it may be, may we remember: to walk uprightly, to act justly; to speak words of truth, to be sincere; to not ...
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Naomi Ninburg
Bar Mitzvah D'var Torah
Graves of Craving -- The Torah of Horror

Graves of Craving — The Torah of Horror

Fire has rained down from the heavens. Rivers have run with blood. This is not a baby’s book of cute animals waddling onto the Ark. This is a Torah of Horror ...
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Rabbi Zari M. Weiss
Pesach D'var Torah
Remember you were a slave...

Remember you were a slave…

It is only on the condition that we remember that we have been given all of the blessings that come with freedom.  Let us use that freedom, then, to work ...
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Richard Curtis
Jewish Journey
My Jewish Journey

My Jewish Journey

God never made sense to me, but religion does. The conversion worked in the end because Judaism is not a dogmatic religion. There is no belief requirement, just belief conversations ...
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David M. Levy
Yom Kippur D'var Torah
Stand This Day

Stand This Day

It’s not just what we take a stand for, but how we take our stand, how we show up, both physically and metaphorically, that really matters ...
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Phil Bereano
Kol Nidre Jewish Journey
Weaving an Ethical Life

Weaving an Ethical Life

Like the tallis that we will be wrapped in at death, this ethical fabric we weave will envelop the story of our life. My friends, make it beautiful, a “coat ...
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Kathleen Orlin
Rosh Hashanah Jewish Journey
A Catholic's Very Jewish Journey

A Catholic’s Very Jewish Journey

Journeys are an interesting thing.  Just when you think you’re in a groove, at a safe comfortable cruising speed or altitude, something happens to change it up ...
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Henson Burk-Fawcett
Bar Mitzvah D'var Torah: Vayera
Sarah Laughed

Sarah Laughed

Even though G-d confronts Sarah, she isn’t punished for laughing. Maybe her laughter made sure she got her baby. Maybe her laugh was like a dare, and the challenge made ...
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Rabbi Zari M. Weiss
Shabbat Vayera D'var Torah
Parashat Vayera

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 ...
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Mia Carlson
Bat Mitzvah D'var Torah: Noach
Scattered People

Scattered People

What would have happened if we all still spoke the same language and lived in the same place? Would there be more peace or less? Would there be no refugees, ...
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Richard Curtis
Shabbat Ki Teizei D'var Torah
Reflections on Ki Teizei

Reflections on Ki Teizei

“You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and, HaShem, your God, redeemed you from there. On account of this I command you to do this thing.” (Deuteronomy ...
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Jake Fawcett
Pride Shabbat
Pride Shabbat Jewish Journey

Pride Shabbat Jewish Journey

There is no default setting. We have to show up and make our whole selves visible. Once we have found each other, once we have said yes, we are just ...
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Connie Burk
Shabbat Metzora D'var Torah
She Smiles at the Future

She Smiles at the Future

Without this commitment to Jewish competence, our re-invented Judaism is in peril of being all head and no body. All gate and no household. If we lose Eshet Chayil, if ...
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Sue Peiser
Jewish Journey
Miracles and Rites of Passage

Miracles and Rites of Passage

For me, my spiritual quest has been searching for The Creative Divine Source, before I could have declared that I believed in God ...
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Steve Weil
Yom Kippur Jewish Journey
Come As You Are

Come As You Are

My Jewish identity has solidified during my time with this community. For the first time in my life, I don’t hesitate if someone asks me if I’m Jewish ...
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Margaret Hobart
Yom Kippur D'var Torah
The Joy of Collective Repair

The Joy of Collective Repair

Teshuva can look like extending joy, not afflicting our souls.  I want to turn our attention to the joyful parts of getting it right, getting in balance ...
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Phil Bereano
World Food Day D'var Torah
World Food Day

World Food Day

Considering kashrut reminds us that food issues are not only quantitative but qualitative. This is the distinction between the newer and broader concept of “food sovereignty” in contrast to the ...
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Margaret Hobart
Shabbat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim D'var Torah
D'var Achrei Mot (after death) and Kedoshim (holiness)

D’var Achrei Mot (after death) and Kedoshim (holiness)

I am suggesting we commit ourselves to remembering not just what is written in the Torah, but its impact on us for better or worse, and that much of the ...
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Connie Burk
Kol Nidre Community Appeal
Transform Inclusion into Homecoming into Home

Transform Inclusion into Homecoming into Home

I don’t have to be included, because this community assumes a Judaism that already belongs to me. Here, I was never cast as “other” by the double-edged sword of inclusion ...
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Kathleen Orlin
Yom Kippur Community Appeal
Committees, Commitment & Community

Committees, Commitment & Community

What I do find remarkable is how many non-Jewish partners have chosen to step up and take on actual leadership roles, contributing in such meaningful ways to the essential fabric ...
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Phil Bereano
Shabbat Chazon D'var Torah
Transcending Collective Trauma on Tisha B'Av

Transcending Collective Trauma on Tisha B’Av

Both these practices – the dancing and sexuality in a biblical Judaism that was focused on the body, the prophetic words in a rabbinic tradition focused on words – reached ...
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Eddie Westerman
Erev Rosh Hashanah Community Appeal
A Jewish Community Just in Case

A Jewish Community Just in Case

At one point, our home was filled with flowers you brought, cards you sent and gentle visits from so many of you. And all of that was before the chemotherapy ...
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Connie Burk
D'var Torah
A Marriage Proposal

A Marriage Proposal

What if we continued officiating religious marriage—singing joyfully together at the simcha—but we stopped performing the state component of marriage?  What if we refrained from being the conduit for the ...
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Jake Fawcett
Rosh Hashanah D'var Torah
Wide Expanse

Wide Expanse

What was the sin of the golden calf? We are not meant to set G-d in stone – fix meaning in gold. We are required to engage the tradition, to ...
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Connie Burk
Yom Kippur D'var Torah
Yom Kippur 5766

Yom Kippur 5766

Some would ask G-d: Who shall see a ripe age and who shall not? Hoping that G-d can be implicated and G-d responsible for the deaths, the rapes, the inhumanities ...
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Mark Lembersky
Kol Nidre Jewish Journey
Jewish Journey in Three Parts

Jewish Journey in Three Parts

During this remarkable event, full of tradition, I was especially struck by one short line in ceremony: “the blessing we will now say has been said by Jews for 3000 ...
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