The Rabbi's Blog

November 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Thanksgivukkah? Because the Jewish and Gregorian calendars are calculated differently, Chanukah falls at different times each year. Though we usually celebrate Chanukah sometime in December, this year, for the first time since 1888, Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving. According to quantum physicist Jonathan Mizrahi, this won’t happen again until 2070, then again in 2165, and then […]

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October 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Dear friends, In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Breishit, we read that God creates humanity in God’s image, b’tzelem Elohim. In a famous debate in the Talmud, the rabbis ask, “What is the most basic principle of the Torah?” What is the core teaching from the Torah on which the rest of Judaism is founded? […]

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September 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Dear Friends, The High Holidays are fast approaching.  In just over a week, we will embark on our process of cheshbon nefesh, an accounting of our souls.  Together, we will experience powerful liturgy and stories that tell us that the gates of heaven are opening for just ten days, in which God is especially able […]

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August 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Come to Services – It’s Good for Your Health Dear friends, For years, I have read articles that claim that religion is good for you, which cite extensive evidence that religious people are typically healthier than their faithless counterparts of similar backgrounds. The theological implication, as I see it, is that God rewards the faithful […]

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July 2013

Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Dear friends, Thank you so much again for an inspiring Sheva Brachot wedding celebration dinner.  It meant so much to Jeremy and me to share this time in our lives with all of you. In this past week’s Torah portion, King Balak hires a prophet named Bilaam to go curse the Israelites.  After a serious […]

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June 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Dear friends, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on my upcoming wedding, invite you to our community celebration, and give you some credit for the joy I am now experiencing. Twenty-two months ago, I began serving as your rabbi. Shortly thereafter, I met Jeremy Ronkin, my fiancé, whom I am marrying in just […]

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May 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Like many of you, as I watched the events of last week unfold, I often felt like I was watching a disaster movie. A day of community and civic celebration became a scene of chaos and tragedy, killing three innocent people — and then tragically a fourth — and injuring over 170. Then on Friday, […]

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Reflecting on the Marathon Tragedy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Posted By: Jennifer Gordon

Friends, In the wake of yesterday’s tragic events, I wanted to reach out and say that I am thinking of all of you through this scary time.  If anyone you love was in Boston at the time of the explosions, please let me know.  And, if you or your kids want to talk, I am […]

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April 2013

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Posted By: rec1

This Passover my teacher Rabbi Ebn Leader shared a beautiful teaching that I’m privileged to share with you. The Mishnah teaches that the Israelites celebrated not one, but four New Year festivals each year. The two most prominent were Rosh Hashanah, which marks the beginning of the world, and Nissan, the month of Passover, which […]

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March 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Posted By: Meir Mechtinger

In the Mood for Love…Of God Dear friends, I write this newsletter article on Valentines Day, so I have the topic of love on the brain. In Judaism, the greatest love story every told is not between two people, but between the Jewish people and God. Every Friday night, we celebrate the wedding of human […]

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