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Yom HaShoah

"The Day of the Holocaust" or more freely translated as Holocaust Memorial Day. The 27th of the Hebrew month of Nissan was designated by the Israeli Knesset as the official day of mourning and memorial for the victims of the Holocaust. The 27th of Nissan (this year April 16th, 2015) was selected because, on that date in 1943 (April 19th), the Warsaw uprising began.

Yom HaAtzmaut

Israel Independence Day

April 23rd, 2015

Happy 67th Anniversary!

On Counting the Omer

In the days of the ancient Temple, when our ancestors were agricultural people, they brought an omer, or measure of barley, on the second day of Passover as a thanksgiving offering for the spring harvest. And on that day they began to count forty-nine days (seven complete weeks) to the Festival of Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, which marked the beginning of the wheat harvest.

By counting the days between Pesach and Shavuot, they also established a vital link between the two festivals: Pesach, which celebrates freedom, was connected with Shavuot, which celebrates the gift of Torah. And so our ancestors anticipated the teaching of the Sages that "only he is truly free who engages in the study of Torah." Our ancestors were not yet fully free when they were liberated from Egypt. It was only when they stood at Sinai and accepted the Torah that they became truly free people.

As we count the Omer we pray that we be reminded of the importance of counting each day of our lives, and of striving to make each day count. Then we can give meaning to the prayer of the Psalmist: "Teach us to count our days so that we may acquire a heart of wisdom."

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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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.”

An attitude of gratitude

you may wish to embrace...

to sweeten life's sorrows & bring a smile to your face.

 

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Passover

Exodus & Liberation

They Journeyed

Passover is the oldest Jewish holiday. Every 15th of Nissan for the past 3000 years we have remembered and retold the story of the Exodus - the going out from Egypt. According to the Torah, The Children of Israel became slaves to the Egyptians, building monuments for the Pharoahs. The cries of their suffering reached God who chose Moses to lead them out of their slavery. Every Pesach we retell the story at the Seder, the special service and festive meal of Pesach. The story is in the Hagaddah which is also our guidebook for the Seder. But the most important symbol of Pesach is Matzah, the flat crunchy cracker called the “bread of affliction.”

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.

Removing Hametz

Removing hametz from our homes before Pesach is a major task. But what exactly is hametz? Hametz can be translated as leaven. It is the rising that takes place when we mix flour and water and let the mixture sit too long. Hametz is often used to refer to any foods not allowed on Passover. Some Jews also understand hametz to be the symbol of more than simply forbidden Passover food. For some, hametz is the category of things that make us falsely proud, that puffs us up like bread, and makes us think we are too important. Others see hametz as representing the bad parts of us, that we would rather not have. Some families donate their hametz to a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen or food pantry.

Hametz

The following foods are traditionally hametz and are considered off limits during Pesach: leavened bread, cakes, biscuits, crackers, cereals, coffee substitutes derived from cereals, wheat, barley, oats, rice, corn, peas, beans, and all liquids which contain ingredients or flavors from grain alcohol.

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The Celebration of Purim

The eve of Adar 4th - 5th

It is said:

"When you feel most like crying, then rejoice."

When Purim comes, we rejoice.

We drink our wine and sing our songs.

We make a happy noise because we are alive, because in the long tale of our people not one Haman has risen to destroy us, but one after another.

And yet, because we live, our cup of joy overflows.

Our people lives!

Purim teaches us not to despair when dangers are most threatening and persecutions most cruel. The story of Purim has been repeated many times in Jewish history, in one form or another. Yet, our spiritual teachings, our faith, our hope and our unconquerable will to live have nurtured and sustained us.

Oh Purim, Oh Purim,

Oh Purim full of joy

For every, for every

Jewish girl and boy

Mordecai sent letters to the Jews, enjoining them to observe the 14th and 15th days of Adar each year, exactly like the days when the Jews had found relief from their enemies, making them days of feasting and joy, for the exchange of gifts of food and alms to the poor - so that these days of Purim should be remembered and kept for all generations.

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Tu B'Shevat

The 15th of the

Hebrew month of Shevat

The New Year

of the Trees

The Power on High

Forests green and blue lakes babbling

Hills a'rambling all testify

To the power, to the power up on high.

Chirping birds and winged creatures

Two legged speakers all testify

To the power, to the power up on high.

So sing, all creation,

Sing to the power up on high.

Lift up your voices in one great chorus

Through all the earth up to the sky.

Swirling spheres and pulsing planets

Glimmering galaxies testify

To the power, to the power up on high.

On Tu B'Shevat,

we mindfully awaken our hearts to the wonders of

the natural world -

the trees, the flowers,

the fields, the streams,

and all of the diverse and wonderful creatures

that dwell on earth.

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New Year

2015

In This Coming

New Year

 

Be well and be happy

Have peace and contentment

May each day be well spent

Free of resentment

In this coming new year

May blessings of good cheer

Abundantly appear.

May your deeds be gentle

May wisdom fill your mind

What you seek may you find

May your countenance shine

In this coming new year

May blessings of good cheer

Abundantly appear.

Be brave and have courage

May loss not deter you

Love what you do

Each day be renewed

In this coming new year

May blessings of good cheer

Abundantly appear.

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"Flowing Melody"

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

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!

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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 2014

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 Twelfth 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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