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?
Keep Your Head Up – Rabbi David Kasher
May 21st, 2021 — Shabbat Naso 5781
As we slowly begin to gather again, we are reexperiencing that unique feeling of being surrounded by people we love. And the Children of Israel, at this moment in their journey through the Sinai desert, are also gathering themselves together in a crowd, in order to take a census. The particular language the Torah uses to call for that gathering provides us with a deep insight into the purpose and power of congregation.