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Chanukah is Coming!

Our Festival of Lights is celebrated for eight days,

 from Tuesday evening, December 16th -

Wednesday evening, December 24th.

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Each night of Chanukah we add another light
to the Menorah, until all eight lamps shine
on the eighth night.

After Kindling

We kindle these lights to commemorate the saving acts, miracles and wonders which You have performed for our ancestors, in those days at this time, through Your holy Kohanim. Throughout the eight days of Chanukah, these lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to make use of them, but only to look at them, in order to offer thanks and praise to Your great Name for Your miracles, for Your wonders and for Your salvation. (Maoz Tzur)

 

Sparkles to the left,

Sparkles to the right,

Sparkles everywhere,

It’s Chanukah tonight.

It’s Chanukah tonight

It’s Chanukah tonight.

 

Dreidels whirling ‘round

Latkes warm and light

Giggles, smiles and laughs

It’s Chanukah tonight.

It’s Chanukah tonight.

It’s Chanukah tonight.

 

Gifts to give and share

Such a happy sight

Gladness fills the air

It’s Chanukah tonight.

It’s Chanukah tonight

It’s Chanukah tonight.

It’s Chanukah tonight!

Artwork for the song It's Chanukah Tonight, by Rabbi Bruce Adler

Click these arrows to link to our

"It's Chanukah Tonight"

download page

 

About

Rabbi Bruce Adler

 

B'nai Tikvah

(Children of Hope)

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Walk Humbly With Thy God

If It Be Thy Will

I Choose Torah

Eternally Hopeful

Incredible Journey

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  & Meditations

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Knit/Crochet Creations

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Design, Color, Texture

  Exploration

In the New Year 5775 we have now begun,

May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life

For a year of Good Health, Happiness,

Peace & Prosperity

Thankfulness

Thank You for the gift of another day,

As You walk with me

May I walk with You, I pray.

Gratitude and thanksgiving,

known in Hebrew as hakarat hatov -

literally recognizing the good - is one of the foundations and fundamentals of Judaism.

We thank You and proclaim Your praise for our lives which are in Your hand, for our souls which are in Your care, for Your miracles which are daily with us, and for Your wondrous kindness at all times -

morning, noon, and night. Source of all goodness, your mercies never fail. Source of compassion, Your kindnesses never cease.

You are our abiding hope. (Modim)

Were our mouth as full of song as the sea, and our tongue as full of joyous song as its multitude waves, and our lips as full of praise as the breadth of the heavens, and our eyes as brilliant as the sun and moon, and our hands as outspread as eagles of the sky, and our feet as swift as hinds - still we could not praise You sufficiently. (Nishmat)

From the Talmud: Rabbi Meir says:

“Every person is required to recite

a hundred blessings a day.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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"Flowing Melody"

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Shavuot

The Giving and Receiving of Torah

Mount Sinai

I've got a memory deep inside of me of Sinai, Mt. Sinai

In my heart I feel all God once revealed on Sinai, Mt. Sinai.

 

To the Hebrew folk God came down and spoke on Sinai, Mt. Sinai

Ten commandments carved in rock God gave to guide his flock on Sinai, Mt. Sinai.

 

She's not a mighty mountain she's just a little peak

But when I think of her how high I can reach

Once way back in time I stood by the side of Sinai, Mt. Sinai.

 

People filled with awe pledged to keep God's law on Sinai, Mt. Sinai

Ever since that stand I've been a mountain man, since Sinai, Mt. Sinai.

 

She's not a mighty mountain she's just a little peak

But when I think of her how high I can reach

Once way back in time I stood by the side of Sinai, Mt. Sinai.

(From the CD album "I Choose Torah" by Rabbis Bruce and Donna Adler)

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Passover

Exodus & Liberation

They Journeyed

When the children of Israel left Egypt land

They journeyed, they journeyed

Wandered forty long years through the desert sand

They journeyed, they journeyed

Through the troubles and the trials and the struggles all the while

They saw God's mighty hand.

And it's on they journeyed always ever onward on the way to the promised land,

Yes it's on they journeyed always ever onward on the way to the promised land.

 

With a man named Moses at the head of the clan

They journeyed, they journeyed.

God spoke to Moses and He showed him his plan

They journeyed, they journeyed.

From a lowly group of slaves who toiled night and day he made a mighty band.

And it's on they journeyed always ever onward on the way to the promised land,

Yes it's on they journeyed always ever onward on the way to the promised land.

 

Well God saw this little band so brave and bold

As they journeyed, they journeyed.

He claimed them for His own, yes He made His will be known

They journeyed, they journeyed

He gave them His law of truth and good

To help them understand.

And it's on they journeyed always ever onward on the way to the promised land,

Yes it's on they journeyed always ever onward on the way to the promised land.

 

For three thousand years of blood sweat and tears

They journeyed, they journeyed.

Time and time again no one to call a friend

They journeyed, they journeyed.

Trying to build a world of justice peace and love

If anyone can do it they can.

For it's on they journeyed always ever onward on the way to the promised land,

Yes it's on they journeyed always ever onward on the way to the promised land.

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At this time of, yet another period of

international tension in our world,

We pray that cool heads prevail and a

speedy resolution to the turmoil soon be forthcoming.

Let There Be Peace

Listen

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Valentine's Day

Shabbat

Among the songs we sang, shared and remembered on Friday night Valentine’s Shabbat,

in no particular order:

 

All My Loving

There’s a Kind of Hush

If I Fell

A World Without Love

Imagine I’m in Love With You

Love is But a Song We Sing (Get Together)

PS I Love You

Save Your Heart for Me

What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love

Until the Twelth of Never

You’re Just Too Good To Be True

Sixteen Reasons Why I Love You

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

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In Honor of Our Olympians...

and all those whose dreams inspire them to keep on keeping on

The Race

The race isn't run til it's done

The race isn't run til its done

Keep on dreaming, don't stop believing,

The race isn't run til it's done.

 

I may be on top some old day

And you who were there yesterday

Will come shake my hand and say "good job, son".

The race isn't run till it's done.

 

I'm not gonna settle back yet and all that I hoped for forget

While there's life in me I'll reach up for the sun

The race isn't run til it's done.

 

The race isn't run til it's done

The race isn't run til its done

Keep on dreaming, don't stop believing,

The race isn't run til it's done.

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The Tablets That Moses Bore

My Mama and Daddy did raise us to walk in the ways of the Lord

To love and revere the commandments on the tablets that Moses bore.

 

How well I remember when Mama would tell us the story she loved

How Moses went up on the mountain to be with the Lord up above.

 

All through the years I've endeavored to walk that path straight and sure

And live by the truths there engraven on the tablets that Moses bore.

 

While dwelling on top of Mount Sinai, what a precious gift God did bestow

His word writ with fire from heaven, carved into tablets of stone.

 

As Moses came down from the mountain, what a wondrous sight to behold

God's tablets pressed close to his bosom, his face so brightly did glow.

 

All through the years I've endeavored to walk that path straight and sure

And live by the truths there engraven on the tablets that Moses bore.

 

How blessed would be all existence, oh how my soul would soar

If I could embrace one brief moment the tablets that Moses bore.

 

All through the years I've endeavored to walk that path straight and sure

And live by the truths there engraven on the tablets that Moses bore.

 

(From Walk Humbly With Thy God by Rabbis Bruce and Donna Adler)

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The Love We Show

Some of us are happy

Some of us are cross

Some of us feel built up

Some of us feel loss.

Some of us are hopeful

Some of us hope less

Some are spry and nimble

Some are in distress.

Let us place our arms around each other

And wish each other all the best

May we grow in the love we show

May our congregation be blessed.

 

Some of us are tranquil

Some of us upset

Some want to remember

Some want to forget.

Some have pains and worries

Some don't have a care

Some are feeling chipper

Some are in despair.

Let us place our arms around each other

And wish each other all the best

May we grow in the love we show

May our congregation be blessed.

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