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Elul Reflections 27 – September 18

Rabbi Richard Steinberg In the Torah portion, Behar-Behukotai, we read the Hebrew word “Yimachu”. There are several translations for this particular word. One commentator translates it as “heartsick”, another states “rot away”, and yet another teaches that it is “melt away”. The context of the use of this word is found in a discussion about […]

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Elul Reflections 26 – September 17

Rabbi Gersh Zylberman When I work with wedding couples, I employ a pre-marital counselling tool known as Prepare. During my sessions with each couple, we explore multiple dimensions of their relationship; we identify strengths and weaknesses, discuss personality traits, family dynamics, expectations, hopes and dreams; we practice healthy communication and conflict resolution skills. In these […]

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Elul Reflections 25 – September 16

Rabbi Alan Litwak Tonight, we will recite Selichot, the series of penitential prayers.  The Selichot service is traditionally held late in the evening, when our resistance to change is low and our sense of vulnerability is high.  It is done on the Saturday night immediately prior to Rosh Hashanah (unless that Saturday is less than […]

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Elul Reflections 24 – September 15

Today’s Elul Thought, our last Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, is a meditation to help you get ready for Shabbat and the High Holy Days, thanks to Cantor David Reinwald! Just click the link below, press play on the screen that pops up, and enjoy the 6 ½ minutes of relaxation and inspiration! http://tinyurl.com/hineiniCDR

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Elul Reflections 22 – September 13

Rabbi David N. Young In his TED Talk, “The Psychology of Your Future Self,” Harvard Professor Dan Gilbert explains the phenomenon of the “End of History Illusion.” He explains that humans think that at any given moment in our personal development, we are finished developing. We believe that our taste in music, our favorite vacation, […]

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Elul Reflections 21 – September 12

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker In Deuteronomy (30:11-14) we find the following teaching: “Surely this Instruction (Torah), which I enjoin upon you this day, is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach.  It is not in the heavens, that you should say, ‘Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it […]

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