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?
Rooted: The Torah of Isaac – Rabbi Keilah Lebell
November 30th, 2019 — Shabbat Toldot
While Isaac’s father Abraham and son Jacob leave their childhood homes behind to strike out a new path, Isaac remains where he grew up and follows directly in his father’s footsteps. While his story may not be as adventurous or cinematic as those of Abraham and Jacob, Isaac’s commitment to his father’s legacy highlights the value of rootedness and the wisdom we can draw from our ancestors.