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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?

Miriam, Isaiah: We've Got Your Back

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

Many creative actions for justice are embedded within this Be'haalotecha d'var Torah created for IRAC. http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50494/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?co...

Our New Course Offering at the ALEPH Kallah

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

     Delighted to be teaching a course at this summer's ALEPH Kallah in July. And in August, Reclaiming Judaism will be launching our two-year intensive training for Jewish Educators: 3 Mmm: Maggid, Mitzvah and Mussar, held this year in conjunction with  NewCaje and team taught by Goldie Milgram, Peninnah Schram, Arthur Strimling and Mindy Shapiro.

Shohama Reflects on "Superbowl" Losses and Wins

Posted by Rabbi Shohama Wiener |

When the power went out during the Super Bowl, what was a disaster for the leading brands who had paid fortunes for television marketing, became a huge win for the digital marketing agencies who on the spot produced ads that went out through Facebook and Twitter.