Last week, god introduces himself to Moses as “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh,” or “I will be what I will be.” This photo is taken from David Yallin street in Jerusalem this past week, which has the name of god, as he speaks of himself, written in ancient Hebrew. This week, god uses the Tetragrammaton when sharing with Moses that god will
The beginning of a new book, a new journey, a new cycle of relearning what redemption means. May we continue to appreciate this wonderful new start. Shabbat Shalom!
This week’s parsha, the final one in the book of Genesis, is called Vayehi, or, And He Shall Live. In this portion, Jacob dies and leaves blessings for his children, the tribes of Israel. This teaches us that in the Torah, even death is a part of life, that those who leave us continue to live among us in their
This sunrise, experienced this morning in Benjamin’s biblical allotment in the land of Israel, is a beautiful connection to this week’s parsha. Benjamin is the connection of Joseph back to his brothers, the family reuniting and the ended hunger of the tribe of Israel. Shabbat Shalom!
Just like this snail is on a journey, this week we see the children of Israel on their way down to Egypt. Every journey we make takes us somewhere, and every place has goodness to be found. Shabbat shalom!
This Shabbat, during the Festival of Lights, we remember the first Yartzeit of the incredible Rosalind Fox Jacobson, mother of our founder, David. Roz reminded us of many of the lessons of Hannukah; to sing, to be joyful, to eat delicious things, to call your family, and so much more. We wish for all of you to bring forth the
Shabbat Shalom! May we all have a restful week.
This week, the children of Jacob, the family from which the Jewish people come from, are born. They don’t all get along, they have their challenges and their joys. As we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, we celebrate this whole scale of emotions and experiences with our own families just as those before us did. May we be grateful for all of
This week, the Torah outlines the ins and outs of another complicated family structure. It reminds us to love, it reminds us to forgive, it reminds us that we are all human, we all deserve love and dignity. May we take this lesson into our homes and into our hearts this week. Shabbat shalom!
This week, we learn of the first burial in our tradition, our matriarch, Sarah. Through Abraham’s treatment of his beloved deceased, we practice our burial customs to this day. Shabbat shalom!