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Holiness hides in the folds of human weakness

Holiness hides in the folds of human weakness

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— I met a friend for a glass of wine after work recently.  We hadn’t seen each other in a while and after the preliminary niceties the conversation turned to matters closer to the bone.  Our talk wove in and out of teen depression, drug use, alcoholic...


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Seeing with the eye of kinship

Shabbat Shalom, Chaverim— I’m back in the cool and misty Bay after a few weeks in the overheated Middle East. Folks here seem a bit chilly, withdrawn, and insular, unlike the Holy Landers who tend to be blustery, brusque, and yet strangely affable. American elbows are tucked tightly to...


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Unraveling our difficult story

Unraveling our difficult story

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— For the last 10 days I’ve been wrestling, wondering, and wandering with an extraordinary group of Jewish and Christian clergy in Israel.  At the Shalom Hartman Institute we’ve learned with and from each other, have had encounters with Israelis and Palestinians who expressed opinions and experiences...


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Trust in your own unfolding

This week’s Maggid’s Musing is sent to us from Israel, where Maggid Jhos is participating in the JCRC/Shalom Hartman Institute’s Christian-Jewish Leadership Project. Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— It’s 6:00 a.m. in Jerusalem. When I awoke, I could hear the muezzin in the distance. There was hardly any traffic noise, the...


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I'm spiritual, not religious

I’m spiritual, not religious

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— Very often I hear folks say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.”  (To be precise “religion” derives from the Latin religare meaning ‘to bind’, and by definition religiosity includes binding beliefs, practices and obligations. The etymologic underpinnings of “spirit” have to do with breath, and imply a focus on...


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Investigate-drash-interpret

Investigate-drash-interpret

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetze (Deut. 21:10-25:19) is chock full with social rules and edicts that range from compassionate and noble to downright nasty and cruel. On the one hand we are encouraged to take care of each other, especially folks who are stateless, homeless,...


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DIVINE IMAGINATION New Social Hall Art Exhibit

DIVINE IMAGINATION New Social Hall Art Exhibit

Susan Freundlich Photography at Chochmat HaLev September and October 2017 www.susanfreundlichphoto.com With a wide open aperture of the heart, Susan Freundlich explores the presence of the Divine all around us −- in the intricate designs of nature, the artistry of poets, musicians and dancers, the humanity of young people...


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