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The origins of Sukkot are both historical and agricultural. Historically, Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and is sometimes referred to as Chag HaAsif (חג האסיף, the “Festival of Ingathering”), as it celebrates the gathering […]

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L’Shana Tova. A year of goodness.

TBS President Mitch Cohen’s Rosh Hashanah 5780/2019 speech. I want to start by thanking Rabbi & Cantor, our Executive Director, Ruth Irving, the Choir, our maintenance crew, our office staff, senior staff, our ECC teachers, Religious school teachers & everyone that is at TBS, five or more days per week.  (That would also include our […]

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Life in the Round

by Risè Kirbo The circle is an ancient symbol.  It’s as vast as the planets in our solar system and as microscopic as an atom.  It is an infinite image with no beginning and no end. Life changes.  I now make my home in a round structure called a yurt.  All 16 sides of the […]

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Seeking Stillness

Anonymous Elul. Here again. During any given year, I have (1) ignored it altogether, (2) generated many good intentions and done nothing, and (3) started and stopped some kind of spiritual discipline only to have it fizzle out. Gradually, I have learned that I need to find stillness in this hectic world for a kind […]

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…and then he said, “When can this conversation be about me?”  Pause, silence.  The non-afflicted person proceeded with, “…and?”  Longer pause.  “I have cancer…stage 1.” Where does a twist in conversation take two people who have been best friends for decades?  For me, I thought his announcement took us back to that “quick fire” response […]

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