Tetzaveh – Be Careful What You Wish For – Sermon – 2/12/2011 http://media.blubrry.com/jcasttotalfeed/p/jcastnetwork.org/storage/dsksermons/dsk009.mp3Podcast: Download
The dust is settling after the January JEA and NATE conferences. Synagogue educators of all stripes and flavors are returning to our old haunts: Congregations and real life. A taste of what is possible still remains in our mouths, though. We need to ask: How do we keep the spirit that we felt in Mt. […]
Let’s say you’re someone who really enjoys fasting (bear with me, this is going someplace.) You don’t have an eating disorder and you’re not protesting anything, you just like to find any excuse you can to be really, really hungry. Well, if you’re a Muslim, you’re psyched. You’ve got Ramadan, a whole glorious month at the all you can’t eat buffet. If you’re Jewish, you may not get a full month, but there are still ample fasting opportunities: you’ve got Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), Tisha B’Av (commemorating the destruction of the Second Temple), Tzom Gedalia (the fast of, um, Gedaliah?) and other fast days sprinkled throughout the year.
But what if you’re a Christian? If you’re Catholic, then you might fast by giving up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for Lent. If you’re a Protestant of some sort- well, the closest you’ll get to fasting is running out of Light Miracle Whip so you can’t bring deviled eggs to Bible study or skipping lunch after church because snake handling makes you queasy (I don’t know what you people do.).
In the last few Torah Portions, we’ve seen God play many roles. Now, in this week’s Parasha (Portion), Tetzaveh, we see God as Fashion Designer, describing in minute detail the Priest’s clothing and ornaments. In addition, God tells Moses of the ritual offerings which the Priest, Aaron, and his sons shall make. In the final […]
This is my 100th blog post. What better way to celebrate than to share Wednesday’s happenings in Kitah Gimel! We began with the Blessings for Torah Study and cookies, followed by our attendance conversation. The class no longer needs the “prompt” sheets as they know the questions and answers by heart. We noted that we’re […]
Friends who are vacationing in Florida sent me a postcard. They wrote that they were having “lots of chair time just looking at the sea.” “Chair Time” – I like that phrase. “Chair Time” suggests a relaxed contemplation of natural surroundings, a chance for unhurried observation, quiet thought, and measured response. Chair Time is not […]
Robyn Faintich (@Jewishgps and JewishGPS) posted this piece entitled “Todah Rabah to our Educators!”on Davar Acher-On the Other Hand blog on Sunday. In it she celebrates the profession of Jewish educators and their role in building the Jewish future. As a Director of Education in a congregational school, I would like to say Todah Rabah […]