Sukkot and the Garden of Eden – Rabbi Morris Panitz
What if Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot were dramatic re-enactments of Adam and Eve’s journey from the security of the Garden to the uncertainty of life outside of Eden? Sukkot symbolizes the fateful moment of exiting the garden… but with a twist. Leaving Eden isn’t a punishment; it’s what makes life beautiful.
We Belong to One Another: Living in the Plural – Rabbi Sharon Brous
In this time of us vs them, tribalism and violence, dehumanization and cruelty, we must remember: we belong to each other.
The Angels Among Us – Rabbi Sharon Brous
Angels appear in moments of vulnerability and fear. They are sent on sacred missions at particular moments to offer moral strength, clarity and hope. This is a call to recognize the angels among us, and to hear when we, too, are called to step forward on a sacred mission of our own.
Searching for Faith – Rabbi David Kasher
My brother and I have been having this recurring argument, for the last five years or so. And he always wins. And the basic question always being debated is, “Are we doomed?
The Still, Small Voice – Rabbi Sharon Brous
We’re taught calculus and economics, US History and British Literature in school, but we’re hardly taught anything at all about how to get quiet, how to find awe, to cultivate conscience, to develop a moral compass. We start the year with a call to stillness: a reordering of our inner world. A discernment practice that is both spiritually and morally audacious, and utterly essential today.
The Path To Redemption: A Conversation with Bryan Stevenson & Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sometimes Love IS a Call to Action – Rabbi Sharon Brous
At some point, we will emerge from the acute, multilayered crises of our time. We’re not there yet. Before us will be battles great and small. This will be a defining moment, not only for our nation, but for each of us. We must act with fierce determination in the coming months, and even as we confront these challenges with everything we’ve got, we must plant for tomorrow, holding faith that those seeds will eventually bear fruit.
On Being Alone – Rabbi David Kasher
I want to tell you, today, a little bit about what it has been like being alone, living alone during this pseudo-quarantine, and spending most of my time, for half a year now, alone in my house.
I want to talk about it in part because I know there are a lot of you out there who have been alone during this time, and I want to lift up this experience of ours – a shout of solidarity to my brothers and sisters in solitude!
But I also want to talk about it because I learned things from that solitude, and because I think there’s something important about being alone that matters for us all.
A World is Dying, A World Is Being Born – Rabbi Sharon Brous
Our ancestors grieved. They told the truth about the past. And they built a new future—a counter-testimony to the world that was. This is our blueprint, an ancient wisdom born of suffering, and a way forward through painful and uncertain times.
The Splash Zone – Rabbi Keilah Lebell
Given the harrowing year we’ve been having, you might think that the spiritual work we are called to do during this holy season, the work of teshuvah, is too much to ask of us. Haven’t we been through enough? Aren’t we just trying to survive all this? But it turns out that what we have been enduring might actually be the climate most ripe for self-reflection and transformation. While there has been so much upheaval and loss, all this forced, destructive change has also given us a chance to engage in generative change. This Rosh Hashanah, more than ever, we are galvanized for renewal and growth.
May her memory be a blessing
Brief remarks by Rabbi Sharon Brous on the loss of tzaddeket Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Family Ties – Rabbi Sharon Brous
After a hard year for the Jews, what can we learn about Jewish peoplehood, antisemitism, and our rightful place in a sometimes hostile world?
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Life Eternal: Say My Name – Rabbi Sharon Brous
Lifting up the teachings and actions of our loved ones who have died may be the blessing, even when the dawn has yet to come.
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The Climate Crisis is Here: What We Do Matters – Rabbi Sharon Brous
The temperatures are rising, the Amazon is burning, storm surges are devastating our cities. It matters how we respond to this crisis. Even while we can’t do everything, there is no moral or scientific calculation that justifies doing nothing. We must be part of a culture shift, a shift in consciousness. We must build islands of spiritual resistance. דבר זה תלוי בנוּ– the matter depends on us.
Kindness: An Ethic. A Theology. An Act of Resistance – Rabbi David Kasher
Why doing good feels so good. And why we must re-commit to an ancient rabbinic ethic at this moment in our nation’s history.
#WETOO: DISCOMPOSING OUR CULTURE OF TOXIC MASCULINITY
Rabbi Sharon Brous
The epidemic of sexual assault and harassment thrives on many layers of cowardice and indifference, all too abundant in our culture of complicity. Now we must attune our ears to the stories told not by those with external power, but those with inner strength.