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"...‘It’s rarely a problem to get Jews excited about science; what’s harder is to get Jews excited about Judaism,’ said Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman, founding director of Sinai and Synapses, which has scientists participating in marches nation-wide.
"....There is no easy way to make change. And so we count, seven times seven — seven is the number of wholeness, completeness, the length of a week ending in Shabbat – we count seven times seven until we reach Shavuot, and each day, we must change one small thing until we have reached the foot of the mountain and are fit to stand before God.
"....At times like these, we can find ourselves a little adrift spiritually. Unlike in the fall, when Rosh Hashanah leads into Yom Kippur which leads into Sukkot, the splendor and fervor of Passover, coupled with the absence of any religious content immediately afterward, can leave us wanting. It turns out, though, that the rabbis of old did not intend for us to be left religiously isolated after Passover.
"Pushing ourselves to look at life through a new lens is certainly not easy, sometimes, nearly impossible, but it will, without a doubt, let go of some of life’s frustrations, allowing us to see the other side of the same situation, the same story. Bring perspective into our most intimate relationships, our views on politics, religion and the world, and all of a sudden, our world can be a little bit brighter, a little more open, and little ‘more free’.
"As a rabbi and hospital chaplain, I am awed to hear patients speak about their spiritual struggles, especially when illnesses have raised the specter of their mortality. They may express sadness, ambivalence, embarrassment and even anger about their lack of Jewish faith and knowledge, or their having been disappointed by God, or a rabbi, or a synagogue, or feel they have been driven into the wilderness by the high financial cost of Jewish life.
We’d like to have a word with you about freedom: Passover
The ancient story has never been more powerfully relevant for our deeply divided nation.
Join Because Jewish for a community seder in Williamsburg.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
* Kosher for Passover meal provided by Chef Russell Moss
* Rituals, teachings, thought-provoking conversations and meditations from Rabbi Dan Ain and Miriam Eisenberger
* Music and singing led by Avi Steinhardt
* Also available — family fun seder table with activities for children and their parents!
"For the fourth year in a row, one of my congregants, Elyse Heise, has written and produced a Passover parody video. As in past years, our congregation loves to support this project because it is fun and creative, and it engages different members every year as they volunteer in a variety of roles. Older and younger members come together, sometimes meeting for the first time, for an afternoon of fun filming..."
"I'm penning this from a makeshift office that was either a dungeon or wine cellar many centuries ago, either of which is apropos for a digital nomad like myself. It's my last week in Romania, and I'm currently bundled up in the city of Brasov, Transylvania. Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, the town is as mysterious and gothically beautiful as one would imagine, riddled with folklore, but sophisticated enough to maintain a kind of aloofness about it.
"The fourteenth century ends darkly. Bubonic plague strikes like the Apocalypse, while the Hundred Years War grinds on. The peasants revolt in a bid to wrest power from the nobility, while the church schisms as two pontificates vie for supremacy in a world gone mad. The storms of history rage, but deep in the storm’s eye, one woman stands tall. Despite all odds, she has found connection to a loving God through a series of yoga-like poses she calls body prayer..."