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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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Adjusting

…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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Shifting Focus

by Anita Rothman Giving birth to our son, Jarrett, changed my life. I was in the pushing phase of labor when I became nauseated. My wonderful husband, Gary, turned to get the plastic  basin, but when he turned back, I was gone.  I’d experienced an amniotic fluid embolism, which is a rare event in childbirth […]

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Reflections of a Jewish Convert(ing)

by Noe A Granados Five months ago, I came to Temple Beth Sholom to embark on an incredible journey so that I may be given the honor and privilege of reciting Ruth 1:16, giving the declaration of my commitment to becoming a member of the Jewish people. I have been asked many questions about my […]

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Just Hanging Around

by Scott Singer We’ve never been introduced. I know you see me. I know I see you. Every year I come to Temple Beth Sholom between Shavuot and Simchat Torah, and then I disappear for the remainder of the year. It’s nothing personal, it’s just my nature. But like a Phoenix, I return from the […]

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Reflections

by Michelle Singleton ,אתם ניצבים היום כולכם לפני ה’ אלקיכם You are standing this day, all of you, before the Lord your God   Reflection, what is reflection? Is it my face, my words or my life in review? Reflection, what is reflection? Can it be something as simple as a deep breath? Reflection, what […]

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Looking into the Face of a Newborn

by Cindy Grossberg I remember my dad once saying to me, “If I had known how wonderful grandchildren were, I would have had them first!” That was thirty years ago. It wasn’t until June 28th at 5:00 a.m. when I held my beautiful granddaughter, Libby Jane, that I understood. Nothing prepared me for that overwhelming […]

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My Bubbe Meise (Grandmother’s Tale)

By Donna Fliegler At the beginning of the last century, my grandmother, Yetta Post, left her parents and sister in the village of Suvalk Gubernia, Poland (which was then part of Russia) with her young husband, Sam, and baby son, my uncle Harry. Yetta and Sam had married when they were both sixteen as their […]

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Shabbat Shalom

By Barry Leshowitz In a pair of Shabbat messages, a dear family friend, Mat Kozinets and I, share our feelings about the passing of my wife, Phyllis. Aug 23, 2019 Hi Mat, Shabbat Shalom! I am so thankful to receive your Shabbat messages: Words can’t describe my feelings. Which brings me to a facet of […]

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