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Phases of the Moon

Water from the Well: From Regret to Repair

Posted on August 31, 2020

We have just entered the month of Elul- a time of preparation for the High Holidays. In this month it is customary to recite Psalm 27 each day. This psalm includes the familiar song Ahat Sha’alti. It also includes a phrase at the very end of the psalm beginning with the word lulei– which means:  if only. We all have Continue Reading »

From the Rabba’s Desk: Change and Growth in Difficult Times

Posted on August 5, 2020

This month we are reading the final book of the Torah, D’varim. In it, Moses delivers an exhaustive farewell speech to the people of Israel, recounting their history, reviewing laws, and adding new statutes for a future life in the promised land.  The book begins with the words Eileh ha-d’varim, these are the words that Continue Reading »

Water from the Well: Parashat D’varim

Posted on July 28, 2020

These are the words These are the stories This is the way we make meaning of our lives. This Shabbat we begin the 5th and final book of Torah. It begins like this: These are the words that Moses spoke to all of the Israelites… Moses retells many of the stories of the past 40 Continue Reading »

Water from the Well: Parashat Masai

Posted on July 21, 2020

Do you ever feel like you are moving in circles—one step forward, 2 steps back? It’s impossible to know what to expect these days and the path just keeps shifting. Turning to Torah this week, parashat Masai, for some wisdom about the journey, we find an exhaustive list of the many places the Israelites stopped and camped Continue Reading »