We raise Torah in joy and dance with the memory of generations who felt its weight upon their shoulders and carry it forth for generations yet to be touched by its Divine grace.
As we dance with joy, May we soak in the holy message at the heart of the scroll: To love our neighbors as ourselves.
In a world where evil tongues have become swords that pierce the soul of our communities, let Torah’s holy message dance forth from our sanctuary and our hearts:
To live with compassion for humanity and all God’s creation. To live as citizens with the blessing and...Read More
Sukkot can be the ideal Jewish holiday for disability inclusion. OK, every holiday should be inclusive – but certain holidays lend themselves more naturally toward being inclusive than others. I think it wise to learn what we can and apply that wisdom across other situations as we strive to make every holiday inclusive.What is Sukkot?
“On the fifteenth day of this seventh month there shall be the Feast of Booths to the Eternal, [to last] seven days.” –Leviticus 23:34
Sukkot is a Pilgrimage Festival in which Jews...Read More
At the forefront of the holiday of Sukkot is the value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests). This virtue of hospitality is not simply about standing at a door and welcoming those who choose to walk through that door, but rather about bringing in all who seek to enter. An aspect of hospitality, then, is inclusiveness by which we mean bringing people in as part of the larger community – kehillah.
One element of hospitality and inclusivity relates to the language we use to describe people. One word that makes me...Read More
I believe God requires me to respond to the world in such a way as to keep God’s commanding presence ever before me. With simple, everyday acts, I can keep alive the memory of our ancestors’ encounter with God and help perpetuate it into the future.
My acts must kelp me reach my God-like potential; they must also help to perfect God’s world. And when these two are in conflict, I must struggle to resolve the conflict. God requires that I struggle and exact a blessing.
I know what God wants by following the path of our ancestors. The ritual injunctions they instituted were to...Read More
As I see them from the mountain tops, gaze on them from the heights, there is a people that dwells apart, not reckoned among the nations. -- Numbers 23:9
The synagogue at Shorashim faces south – toward Jerusalem. As a creature of habit, I have sat in the same place for 26 years, along the windows on the west wall. The view is across the lawn and playground of Shorashim, over the Hilazon Valley and the Arab village of Shaab on the other side, out to Haifa Bay. In the course of those 26 years, the landscaping here has matured and the trees have grown, so that I just noticed that...Read More