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What is holding us together?

01/24/2022 02:09:17 PM

Jan24

Rabbi Boris Dolin

I've had a lot on my mind this week. As you know, last week, at around this time at a suburb outside of Dallas, Texas, the horrible situation took place as five people were taken hostage at a Congregation Beth Israel during a Shabbat service. As I mentioned in the letter I wrote to this community, while anything that affects the Jewish community or a place of worship feels especially difficult as a rabbi, this one hit very close to...Read more...

Standing alone

10/23/2023 11:12:23 AM

Oct23

Rabbi Boris Dolin

This week we read the story of Noah, a man who directly confronts a world of horror and suffering.  Our introduction to this man is a bit ambivalent.  We are told he is not much of a hero, but an “ish tzadik tamim," a simple good man, or as is often...Read more...

a holy people

02/10/2023 09:02:36 AM

Feb10

Rabbi Boris Dolin

We know through the rituals and texts of our tradition that Judaism invites us to be on both an inward spiritual journey and also to keep our minds and ears open to the needs of the world around us.  The path of Jewish life invites us to be constantly working on our souls; to be always improving ourselves, nurturing our spiritual paths and strengthening our relationships.  Yet we are also asked to look outward, to be a...Read more...

Feeding the birds

02/03/2023 09:14:04 AM

Feb3

Rabbi Boris Dolin

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Joan Walsh Anglund

This week, on this special Shabbat of Shabbat Shira,  we read the story of the Israelites crossing the Sea of Reeds.  After the community experiences this miracle, they gather together to sing with joy, a flowing and profoundly...Read more...

Confronting Israel

11/07/2022 11:51:19 AM

Nov7

Rabbi Boris Dolin

Just a few days ago we had the first official gathering for the Honeymoon Israel group from Montreal, a wonderful mix of twenty couples who...Read more...

Another kind of Census

07/22/2022 09:24:22 AM

Jul22

Rabbi Boris Dolin

Parshat Pinchas-2021

(How much has changed since last year...)

So here we are, nearly a year and a half after our synagogue officially closed its doors to end person gatherings. It's been an unbelievably strange year filled with more than our share of difficult moments and challenges, but also this has been a year of gaining an unbelievable sense of perspective. There's no way that you can make...Read more...

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