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שנה טובה ומתוקה

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#BlogElul – Elul 16 – “Pray”

I pray by rote. The words so familiar, so imbedded within me. I jump in the river of prayer, letting the current take me along as the words sweep me away. I pray in poetry and I pray in prose. … Continue reading

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# Blog Elul – Elul 10 “Count”

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#BlogElul Elul 9 – “Observe”

What can we see when we change our focus?    Imagine how our world can change when we change the way we look at the world.  

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#BlogElul — Elul 2 — Act

  The more we act with kindness, the more it becomes our “automatic” response. We know it can be challenging to be kind to people. We make assumptions about why they act the way they do, they can push our … Continue reading

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#BlogElul – Elul 1 – “Prepare”

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.“ ~~~ Alexander Graham Bell  Beginning the month of Elul by tasting local Massachusetts apples. Why? To prepare an apple and honey tasting menu as the start to Rosh Hashanah lunch. The … Continue reading

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משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה

משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה “When Adar enters, our joy increases.”  Ta’anit 29a Adar is one of my favorite months. I love the laughter, the silliness, and the hamentashen. As a congregational rabbi and later, as a day school rabbi, I … Continue reading

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It’s not (just) the snow

I grew up in Minnesota. I lived in Upstate New York. I know how to use a shovel, an ice chopper, and a snowblower. But the past month has just been unrelenting. Everyone sees the pictures – the blizzards, the … Continue reading

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Squirrels

The problem with having squirrels in the attic:  THERE ARE SQUIRRELS IN THE ATTIC! Unlike my Uncle Stanley, z”l, I don’t have a shotgun to kill the squirrels in the attic. Even if I had a shotgun, it would probably … Continue reading

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#BlogElul 23 – Love

I’m sitting at my computer. I’m working and I have iTunes on in the background. On “shuffle,” of course. The Beatles come on: “All You Need is Love.” Following immediately is Nick Lowe – “Love’s Got a Lot to Answer … Continue reading

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