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Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

The Many Lights of Torah

Posted by Rabbi Shohama Wiener |

Our Torah begins with light.  We might ask: what kind of light begins in primordial darkness?  Our Torah begins with the Creation.  As we read in Genesis 1:

In the Beginning (Bereishit), G!d created the heavens and the earth…. And G!d said,  ”Let there be light.” And there was light.  And G!d saw the light, that it was good.

The Magic Gourd, A Story for Sukkot

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

Happiness is sharing a The Magic Gourd: A Story for Sukkot by Debra Gordon Zaslow from Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning. Chag sameach to all!

R' Shohama on "Inviting Your Personal Ushpizin (Spiritual Guests) for Sukkot"

Posted by Rabbi Shohama Wiener |

One Sukkot tradition that I love and is not so well known is the practice of inviting guests who are only in spirit.  Traditionally we invite Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and other Biblical male ancestors, one each night. But we need not be limited to those ancestors or to the custom of inviting one each night.

Shohama contemplates "Yizkor for Pets"

Posted by Rabbi Shohama Wiener |

As Yom Kippur approaches our thoughts turn to remembering our loved ones,family and friends whose living presence in our lives we miss.

Life-Affirming Holocaust Painting Draws Attention

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

Torah Study in a Sand Box? Discover Torah Holy Play

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

This picture I took today at NewCaje; shows Rabbi Michael Shire, Dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Boston Hebrew College, telling the story of the Babylonian Exile, in a soft voice, using small items--blue yarn to represent rivers, lines drawn in the sand to represent the temple, small non-gendered identical wooden figures to represent people.

Syncing & Soaring: Loving the Farbrengen Format

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

Recently I especially love serving in a Farbrengen format, such as we'll be offering this Sat evening in Montreal. Scientists are increasingly offering substantiation for how the farbrengen approach is healthy for us all, including teens and elders. Here's an example of the most recent research:

Chukkat: A Tale of Witchcraft or the Ancient Psychology of Healing?

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

A Tale of Witchcraft or the Ancient Psychology of Healing? My dvar Torah for the World Union of Progressive Judaism on Parashat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)

The Great Debate: Is Torah Literal

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |
Shabbat Walk at Aleph Kallah

Rabbi Eliezer ben Hurcanus and Rabbi Akiva have a debate in the Talmud (B.T. Sukkah 37b) on the question of whether the Torah is literal. They are discussing whether the Israelites were literally provided sukkot for shelter by God or is sukkah a metaphor, a portal to a different dimension of support and awareness. (Exodus 13:20) Perhaps you, too, are a sky gazer like me and antcy when at your desk and indoors for too long?