Tag Archives: Jewish Community

Community Blog Rabbi Jim Morgan

Shame and Drawing Close to Holiness (Parshat Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

In a 2016 New York Times Op-Ed, Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld observe that modern American culture has been “down on shame [as] a damaging, useless emotion that we should neither feel ourselves nor make others feel.” This trend is unfortunate, they argue, because it ignores the positive role that “appropriate shame”—which they define as “the feeling that one has failed to live up to one’s own standards”—can play… Read Article →

Pluralistic Perspectives Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

“Questions Unite People, Answers Divide Them” (Elie Wiesel)

Dear friends, “The essential questions have no answers. You are my question, and I am yours — and then there is dialogue. The moment we have answers, there is no dialogue. Questions unite people, answers divide them.” I can’t think of a time when we have more needed to hear these wise words from our teacher Elie Wiesel, of blessed memory. We are living in a world where we are… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Michael-Rosenberg

Sacred Clean-up (Parashat Tzav, Leviticus 6:1-8:36)

When my wife and I lived in Jerusalem, we had good friends who would often invite us for Shabbat meals. This particular couple had a very specific division of labor in their marriage, because while one partner loved to cook elegant, multicourse meals, the other partner, Abe (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) had no interest in cooking. So while Cora would be in the kitchen cooking, Abe… Read Article →

Community Blog Dan Brosgol

The Power of Service: Prozdor in Haifa

“You came all the way to Israel just to volunteer?” Yes, we did, actually. Thanksgiving weekend saw a rash of devastating wildfires across Israel, and in particular, in Haifa, our sister city. 60,000 residents were evacuated as the sky filled with smoke and flames, fires raced up the valleys in between residential neighborhoods, and dozens of homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed across the city and the Carmel region…. Read Article →

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Spirituality & Social Justice

                              “I work to create authentic relationships and support others to do the same. It is through these relationships that we find God and where, I would argue, we find the power to transform ourselves and the world for the better.” (Rabbi Margie Klein Ronkin, Rab’11, Director, Clergy and Leadership Development, ECCO, Lynn, Mass.) Learn about The… Read Article →

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Funding the Faith

“I feel like working with synagogues around their finances is so interesting because it is the intersection of the totally practical with the ideal. How a synagogue should finance itself is a financial and a values question. I have had the great opportunity to work with congregations as they explore how to increase their financial resources and how they can do it by transforming their sense of what it means… Read Article →

Community Blog Cantor Matthew Klein

Choose Life: the Cantorial Profession in a Time of Change

The profession of cantor is changing.  A wonderful and learned colleague recently penned a moderately depressing article lamenting such changes, characterizing aspects of them as the “slow death” to the continuity and dignity of the cantor’s vocation. I say “moderately depressing” because as a pulpit cantor and survivor of an exhausting cantorial school reorganization and re-visioning process, I am used to periodic questioning of the direction of my profession and… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Cantor Ken Richmond

What Would Abraham Do?

Parshat Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22:24 Natick, my beloved suburban New England town, has for the second time this year been in the news because of bigotry. In August, a lesbian couple’s rainbow flag was stolen and their house egged. Last week, in an act of hate apparently inspired or emboldened by the election results, a Natick resident sent a series of racist and expletive-filled notes to a white neighbor, warning him… Read Article →