Are you a synagogue or what? Yes and no and kinda. Words like “synagogue” can feel constraining, and we want to think expansively about what Jewish life can be… so we think of ourselves as a spiritual community, and let the experience define itself.
“Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.”–Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “On Prayer”
We are all searching for something. What’s your thing?
From the Stillness, a Moral Imagining – Rabbi Sharon Brous
May 2nd, 2020 — Shabbat Aharei Mot
The scapegoat ritual invites us to consider what it would mean to be free, for a moment, of our suppositions about who we are and who we might be. Now that the world has paused, we have the rare opportunity to engage in that moral reimagining, together. So before we rush back into the world as it was, let’s consider what wisdom we might hear in the stillness.