Nov 30, 2020
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Nov 26, 2020
Such a treat to be featured in this week's episode of Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist! How much fun - and so meaningful - it was to record this episode with the amazing Amanda Katherine Weiss, Gabe Snyder, Edon Valdman, and Kayley Romick! I love this project, a deep weave of storytelling, innovation, Jewish Values, leadership, midrash, entrepreneurship, mixology (?!). community, and Torah!
Nov 25, 2020
#VaYeitzei #Leah #Tears #Blessing
Nov 24, 2020
Nov 23, 2020
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks #hope
Nov 22, 2020
These six drawings are what poured out from my soul in conversation with text, self, God, and community.
May we be blessed with teachers and friends who draw us out and mirror the truth of our whole selves with such care and skill. Grateful, grateful, grateful.
#art #selfcare #othercare #create #love
"Without limits, civilizations can be as thrilling and short-lived as fireworks. To survive they need to find a way of containing energy so that it lasts, undiminished. ... As Rees-Mogg said, “uncontrolled energy is merely a big and usually destructive bang.” I believe that we need to recover a sense of limits because, in our uncontrolled search for ever greater affluence, we are endangering the future of the planet and betraying our responsibility to generations not yet born. There are such things as fruit we should not eat and fire we should not bring."
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Nov 20, 2020
"Leaders begin with an envisioned future, but they also know that there is a long journey between here and there; we can only reach it one act at a time, one day at a time. There is no miraculous shortcut – and if there were, it would not help. The use of a shortcut would culminate in an achievement like Jonah’s gourd, which grew overnight, then died overnight. Abraham acquired only a single field and had just one son who would continue the covenant. Yet he did not complain, and he died serene and satisfied. Because he had begun. Because he had left future generations something on which to build. All great change is the work of more than one generation, and none of us will live to see the full fruit of our endeavours. Leaders see the destination, begin the journey, and leave behind them those who will continue it. That is enough to endow a life with immortality."
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
What an honor to share time and Torah with my friend and teacher, Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, on this #Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDOR),
What an honor to share time and Torah with my friend and teacher, Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, on this #Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDOR), in a conversation hosted by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah - CBST, a beautiful shul community with whom UJA-Federation of New York is always proud to partner. (Note: The program actually begins at 9:21) Click here: https://fb.watch/1TJDEr1S9u/
Nov 19, 2020
"...to misuse or abuse language to sow suspicion and dissension is not just destructive. It is sacrilege. It takes something holy, the human ability to communicate and thus join soul to soul, and use it for the lowest of purposes, to divide soul from soul and destroy the trust on which non-coercive relationships depend."
Abraham was not a conventional leader. He did not rule a nation. There was as yet no nation for him to lead. But he was the role model of leadership as Judaism understands it. He took responsibility. He acted; he didn’t wait for others to act. Of Noah, the Torah says, “he walked with God.” But to Abraham, God says, “Walk before Me,” meaning:
Be a leader.
Take personal responsibility.
Take moral responsibility.
Take collective responsibility.
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Nov 18, 2020
“I find it moving that Isaac, who underwent so many trials, from the binding when he was young, to the rivalry between his sons when he was old and blind, carries a name that means, “He will laugh.” Perhaps the name – given to him by God before Isaac was born – means what the Psalm means when it says, “Those who sow in tears will reap with joy” (Ps. 126:5). Faith means the courage to persist through all the setbacks, all the grief, never giving up, never accepting defeat. For at the end, despite the opposition, the envy and the hate, lie the broad spaces and the laughter: the serenity of the destination after the storms along the way.”
Nov 17, 2020
“The responsible life is a life that responds. The Hebrew for responsibility, achrayut, comes from the word acher, meaning “other.” Our great Other is God, calling us to use the freedom given us, to make the world that is more like the world that ought to be.” - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l
Nov 16, 2020
So very humbled by this review of "When We Turned Within (Vol. 1)" by Jonathan Fass for the Jewish Book Council
So very humbled by this review of "When We Turned Within (Vol. 1)" by Jonathan Fass for the Jewish Book Council:
“When We Turned Within challenges readers to revisit many of the complex, often painful moments of the past months. Its diverse voices connect us to a common experience despite our isolation. It puts words to the feelings many of us have struggled with since March and reads as a statement of hope that our lives will be whole again soon.”
Nov 15, 2020
What a thrill to have served this last Shabbat as the Goodkind Scholar-in-Residence at Community Synagogue of Rye! [recordings]
What a thrill, to have served this last Shabbat as the Goodkind Scholar-in-Residence at Community Synagogue of Rye with Rabbi Daniel Gropper, Cantor Melanie Cooperman, Rabbinic intern Lily Goldstein. A truly inspired community, dedicated to justice and healing! So grateful to spend time with these special souls!
Nov 13, 2020
Nov 12, 2020
Lots of Torah coming up! Let's learn!
Nov 11, 2020
So moved by this rendition of #OlamChesedYibaneh by the River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Every clip, every image, every voice. Thank you, Amy Carol Webb, for creating this spectacular arrangement! We will build this world from love. We will. We must. #BuildOnLove
"Love is selfless. Forgiveness is selfless. When we place the self at the center of our universe, we eventually turn everyone and everything into a means to our ends. That diminishes them, which diminishes us. Humility means living by the light of that-which-is-greater-than-me. When God is at the center of our lives, we open ourselves up to the glory of creation and the beauty of other people. The smaller the self, the wider the radius of our world."
Nov 10, 2020
Failure is the supreme learning experience, and the best people, the true heroes, are those most willing to fail. - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l #leadership
Nov 9, 2020
Nov 8, 2020
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l
Nov 7, 2020
Nov 6, 2020
Tradition calls those who conspire with lies False Witnesses. Truth. Tradition also once taught that for a better day to come, all we need do is wait. No. We will build this world from love. Today. No more waiting. Our world demands, our children deserve all of our sacred effort to heal and strengthen and love. So let's decide, right now, that waiting for the Messiah is unacceptable. Instead, let's decide that each of us has the capacity to be the Messiah herself. Bring it. Leave it all on the table. We're here, ready to build.
Nov 5, 2020
Nov 4, 2020
Abraham sat, vulnerable, at the entrance to his tent, knowing that whoever he saw before him might be an angel in disguise. You are an angel, and you are here for a reason. So breathe, friends, breathe. We have good, important, holy work to do. That's why we're here. #Breathe #BuildOnLove
Nov 3, 2020
Nov 2, 2020
**Special Announcement** New Book: "Will We Be Worthy: Reflections of an American Rabbi" by Rabbi Gary Creditor
A new Bigger on the Inside post: #Hook - "There You Are" "There you are, Peter!" Over time, our eyes can become dim. ...
Rabbi David Wolpe in WashingtonPost.com: "Divorce is a death" Rabbi David Wolpe http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/...
You must hear this. It's horrifying. We must hear it. “The other option was to try to appeal to their humanity . I remember yelling out that I have kids...” -DC officer nearly killed at CapitolTake the time and listen to this. Now. https://t.co/tBOaqZ2snr — Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) January 15, 2021