“Prayer is about dissolving the boredom that dulls our senses, to open our eyes to the miracles that are daily with us – evening, morn, and noon. Menachem Mendel of Kotzk chastised those who walk through life ‘with honey smeared on the soles of our shoes.’ Pay attention. The sand beneath our sandals is holy. We walk on sacred soil, this amazing earth on which we tread.” (Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Z”TL)
Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study at 9:30 am.
The relationship between God and humanity as well as that among human beings themselves is, throughout the Torah, a messy one. Complicated. Hard and constant work. The story of Jacob and his favorite son, Joseph, is no exception.
Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study on Saturday, November 24 at 9:30 am.
Elie Wiesel taught that Jacob lived in the duality of the mundane and the celestial. During the day he talked only of his business affairs. At night, and only at night, could he, in the pitch darkness, truly struggle with the ISH, with his deep, deep self. At night Jacob spoke to the God of immortality.
Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study, on Saturday, November 17 9:30 am.
Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR, an empowered, non-denominational Jewish community in Los Angeles, points out the irony that sometimes we need to stop moving in order to realize that we are truly mobile. Jacob has to literally put his head on a rock in order to realize that his life is in motion. To remember that he is not yet complete.
Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study, 9:30 am.
Throughout the Torah, in fact, throughout Hebrew scripture, there is this constant tension, an ongoing, irresolvable paradox between the universal and the particular. The Torah seems to be telling us that we are to live in this friction. This paradox. That one informs the other and visa versa.