Author Archive | Kol Shofar

June 17, 2018 – Rabbi Susan Leider

Ahh…summer!  For many of us, it is time of renewal, or respite.  For others, life goes on pretty much as usual, hopefully with a vacation here and there.  Wherever you are in your life’s journey, summer can also be a time for reconnecting with community.  Longer summer days means Shabbat starts later and ends later […]

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June 11, 2018 – Rabbi Chai levy

For those of you not present on May 26, I want to share with you the drash on Parashat Naso  for my “farewell Shabbat” at Kol Shofar: I love it that the last Torah reading on my last Shabbat at Kol Shofar turned out to be the Birkat Cohanim, the priestly blessing. How many times […]

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June 4, 2018 – Rabbi Paul Steinberg

Baseball, American Culture, and Jewish Pride Like many other Jewish Americans, I am keenly aware of when Jews contribute to American history and culture.  I am disappointed when I see Jews do something disgraceful in public (e.g., Bernie Madoff) and I am filled with nachas (pride) when Jews do something meaningful or creative that helps […]

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May 28, 2018 – Rabbi Susan Leider

A Love for a Language, A Passion for a People Take it from me, someone who learned to decode (read phonetic) Hebrew in my mid-twenties:  it just takes some time and repetition.  I still remember sitting in the back of the synagogue, slowly decoding the first few words of the Amidah, (the silent standing prayer).  […]

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May 21, 2018 – Rabbi Chai Levy

On Shavuot, we re-lived the receiving of Torah at Mount Sinai. One of the texts we learned together was a Hasidic teaching about always listening for the voice of God speaking to us. The idea is that revelation is not just a one-time event that happened thousands of years ago, nor is it an unattainable […]

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May 14, 2017 – Rabbi Susan Leider

What’s in a name?  Over 30 years ago,  I walked into Shabbat Kiddush lunch one day, and walked out  knowing what my Hebrew name would be.  Harvey Kaplan says to me, “You know what your Hebrew name is, right?”  I said, “No.”  He said, “Susan means Shoshanah – a rose, a lily – that is your […]

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May 7, 2018 – Rabbi Paul Steinberg

Going to Beit Binah and/or Tichon Makes Kids Healthier and Live Longer by Rabbi Paul Steinberg As a rabbi and educator I make all kinds of arguments as to why kids should go to religious school.  I have made the argument that a Jewish education offers a child a distinct lens with which to view […]

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April 30, 2018 – Rabbi Susan Leider

Imagine planning for an event for 400 people, but 1400 show up?  When our Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) sister organization, LI-CAN in Long Island, organized around the burgeoning opioid crisis, this is exactly what happened. (PDF)   Among the other things that keep us up at night, what about lives taken violently by those wielding military-grade firearms across the […]

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