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11/03/2020 08:54:52 PM

Mar11

Words of the Spirit, by Rabbi Liz Bolton, Or Haneshamah's rabbi and spiritual leader

Here and There

15/02/2024 05:34:45 PM

Feb15

Rabbi Liz

HERE AND THERE

Here: the memes proliferate, the slogans fly, the protests surge. 

There: the suffering mounts, intolerably. 

Here, in our non-war torn lives, it’s hard to know how much to tap into the enduring torment that prevails over there - amongst those struggling to survive in Gaza, or those waiting for their loved ones taken hostage on October 7 to return – and still be able to maintain that...Read more...

December's Dates

06/12/2023 09:00:13 PM

Dec6

{{current_date}}Newsletter Words of the SpiritDECEMBER’S DATESWe know what we are celebrating this week, through the weekend, and into next wRead more...

And Yet... Towards Hope

07/11/2023 10:05:06 PM

Nov7

{{current_date}}Newsletter Words of the SpiritAnd Yet…Towards HopeThese days, it is hard to know where to start, or what to focus on, when IRead more...

Elusive Words Towards Peace.

25/10/2023 12:00:44 PM

Oct25

{{current_date}}Newsletter Words of the SpiritElusive Words Towards Peace.Words.They are usually my friend. They bless me with their familiariRead more...

Holy Masking Batman

12/09/2023 10:30:12 PM

Sep12

{{current_date}}Newsletter Words of the SpiritHoly Masking, Batman!As far as I know, Robin never said this on an episode of the delightfully caRead more...

BRESLAV and PEACE

02/03/2022 12:36:06 PM

Mar2


In our Kol Haneshamah Shabbat and Festival prayerbook, the prayer for peace comes from Ukraine.

In a way, this declaration somewhat condenses the geo-history of the place, specifically the Jewish peoples’ place in that place. Yet there is no doubt that the figure...Read more...

"FOR SHE TOO IS LIKE A TREE"

06/01/2022 05:48:39 PM

Jan6

Looking back on some previous reflections on Tu Bishvat, I found this message, one that feels keenly relevant to this year:

We find ourselves, deep in winter, in the month of the Jewish New Year of the Trees, Tu Bishvat. At this time of the year the trees seem to the eye to be life-less. Where do we...Read more...

Whose Christmas Is It? Some Of Ours, Too!

21/12/2021 07:13:51 PM

Dec21

Rabbi Liz


Whose Christmas Is It? Some Of Ours, Too!

Is this you? You have a “Christmas Family.” They are your in-laws, your grandparents, or your cousins. It could be the beautiful kinship network that is your family-of-choice, or your partner. May your children celebrate with their half-siblings. Maybe, in those years when you go home for the Holidays, your childhood home is...Read more...

Human Rights As a Jewish Concept

07/12/2021 08:40:52 AM

Dec7

Human Rights As a Jewish Concept

How is human rights a Jewish concept? Is it even possible or appropriate to shoehorn an apparently secular construct into a specific religious or cultural context?

Two thoughts arise...Read more...

THIS SEASON OF TESHUVAH AND TOMATOES

14/09/2021 06:18:13 PM

Sep14

Our household is enjoying a second season of pandemic gardening. Last summer, like many others with the blessing of a yard, we dug up a modest rectangle and planted a vegetable garden.

This summer’s crop is almost at an end, but the bounty of tomatoes is dotting my diet with red, orange and green deliciousness. My neighbours, too, are reaping the benefits, especially the happy profusion of sweet little...Read more...

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