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"My husband and I took a weekend getaway to Toronto. Crossing the Peace Bridge into Canada, it struck me how only one lane was allowing entry into the United States, while several lanes were entering Canada. I wondered, ‘How welcoming does it feel to those who wish to enter the United States?’ I realize there are practical and security issues that went into the design of the border crossing, but I saw it as a metaphor. How often do people enter our synagogues or temples and feel truly welcomed?..."
"When we open our eyes in the morning, when we are confronted with challenges, when we seek to create beauty, when we seek understanding and insight, encouragement and wholeness and some reasonable assurance that we need to accomplish our goals – we also seek inspiration...."
By Rabbi Eliana Falk, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"...It's good to think teshuvah in our minds and feel teshuvah in our hearts. It's healthy to commit to change behaviors that don't serve us, others or the world. It's right to arouse intention to seek and give forgiveness. Good, healthy and right as our inner turns can be, they aren't fully teshuvah until they spur action where action is possible...."
"How many times have you said or heard the phrase, Shanah Tovah? Even if you limit your response to this holiday season alone, I bet it's dozens, if not hundreds, of times, and if you think about a lifetime of use, we are probably getting into the thousands. That's a lot of good wishes — both received and offered. But what are we really wishing each other with those two little words?..."
"...My mother went home and gathered every scrap of fabric she could find, an old set of acrylics, and a glue gun. Every day, I worked feverishly in my hospital bed, gluing, painting, and letting my imagination set me free. Every day I would create a new work of art, a new source of hope, and display it outside my hospital room. Soon, nurses and even mobile patients would stroll by my room to see what I had created...."
"...I realize that it is the rare gift to be told, and then reminded, to share words of gratitude with the people closest to us, or even with the people not so close but who have impacted us throughout the years. As we are quickly heading into the High Holy Day Season, may we wake up and realize that we don't usually know when the end will be near, so it is important to share our thoughts and reflections with those who matter most, and we should not wait...."
"I've got a friend (let's call him Gary) whose father passed away recently. When I spoke with him a few days after the funeral Gary seemed ashamed that he hadn't cried. It's not just that Gary's been acculturated –as have most men – to be stoical; it was something else. He told me he was angry with his father for never having done one very important, one very simple thing; Gary's father never once told him that he was proud of him...."
"...Gary Johnson cannot win this race, and has spoken passionately about his objections to Donald Trump becoming the next President of the United States – far more passionately than he has spoken out against the prospect of Hillary becoming our next President. Given that all polling indicates that Johnson's presence in the race only serves Trump, you have to wonder, why is he staying in...."
How a new understanding of two old words, could not only bring you greater happiness, but also help heal our fractured world.
"...When my mind starts to spin about my perfection sermon, what I've always considered my ‘perfect’ sermon, I try and stop. I take a few deep breaths and say a prayer of forgiveness. I forgive myself for lusting after perfection. I remind myself how very human I am. And I remember that no one sitting in my congregation is judging me on a scale of zero to perfection. Deep inside, I know that no one wants a perfect sermon. They want a real message...."