Who would have strength to stand, truth to power - a tightrope walk against the wind, with no net below except for the hand of God?
Who would walk the road less taken, the one of rocky crags and razor wire? That curves into a perilous wood and still look up with hope?
Who would sing the song of dissonance when it is easier - far easier! to slip into the stream and be carried by its current?
Who would dare to demand justice, show mercy, offer comfort shout defiantly - who would love in the face of hate?
Puah stood, and Shifra by her side, choosing life and...Read More
God Who Blessed our Mothers: Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel and our Fathers: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God who delivered our ancestors during difficult times, guided them on perilous journeys, comforted them in times of sorrow, provided for them in times of famine and encouraged them in times of crisis.
We ask Your blessing now on women and men, parents and grandparents, children, and grandchildren as they prepare for tomorrow’s March for Women’s Rights in Washington.
If confronted with madness and misogyny may they maintain focus on the meaning of this moment and the...Read More
No matter which candidate you voted for, today is a momentous day. It marks the beginning of a new period in our shared history.
It also is a challenging day. Many Reform Jews feel emotionally exhausted following what was a particularly ugly campaign. Throughout, we witnessed exclusionary and sometimes violent rhetoric, as well as xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-Muslim bigotry, all of which remain, leaving painful marks on our communities.
We are concerned about our future, especially as it relates to the issues we hold most dear – and to the most vulnerable in our...Read More
Our Torah understands that the need for peace and prosperity transcend politics. No matter who’s in power, Torah takes an activist view of prayer and government. Even when we’re unhappy with what's happening, we’re instructed to pray.
The clearest instruction comes from Jeremiah. “Seek the peace of the city…and pray unto God for it.” (Jeremiah 27:9)
The Reform Jewish prayer book Mishkan T’filah offers a prayer for the government, an appeal to prophetic visions of peace and prosperity quoting...Read More
We live in a day and age in which we take the gift of electricity for granted. When the sun sets, we flick a switch. When we go camping, we must travel far from home and the light pollution of our cities to see the full array of the heavens. When our ancestors experienced darkness, they lit a fire. They created prayers such as Hashkiveinu, which asks for protection from the darkness.
Hanukkah, a holiday of light, in some odd twist, falls at the darkest part of the year in North America. What does light represent?...Read More