Doing and Understanding the Meaning of Our Lives

January 31, 2014

Delivered by Rabbi Bill Kuhn this past Shabbat.

I am glad to see that you’ve all survived the 3rd great blizzard of 2014.  I am sure all of us were faced with challenges of some sort or another, but it is good to gather together here in this sacred and safe place to enjoy the warmth of the spirit of our congregational family.

I have always been amazed  by what happens to people when faced with a common threat.  During a big snowstorm, people will help each other.  You may not even say hello to a neighbor normally, but during a snowstorm, you’re shoveling their walk and checking on them to see if they’re ok.  TV stations suspend their regular programming to bring you live coverage of the snowstorm and to report on how people all over the region are faring.  They show film of young strapping men getting out of their cars to lend a hand to a total stranger whose car is stuck in a snow bank.  A common threat can transform us from competitive, closed uncaring people into kind, compassionate loving mensches.

I believe we feel this same phenomenon when we come here to share Shabbat services every Friday night.  We do feel under a common threat.  Not from a snowstorm, but from a spiritual storm – a life storm.  Read the rest of this entry »

First Plant the Sapling: Tu B’shvat and Our Spiritual Intention

January 15, 2014
Are you in automatic-drive?  Do you sometimes recognize a void where intention should exist?  This quest is at the root of our congregation’s Jewish Meditation offerings, Fridays 5-5:30 pm, Saturdays 9-9:10am and monthly 2nd Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm.
The other day, as I was driving east on Spring Garden Street from RS to a congregant’s home at 2nd and Locust Streets, I automatically turned into the right turn lane to prepare to turn off onto 6th Street.  Why did I start to turn at the wrong place?  I knew it wasn’t 2nd Street, but I am used to driving to my in-laws’ on 6th, so that’s where my car automatically goes. Does your car ever just go somewhere? Read the rest of this entry »

What Matters Most to You?: Growing into Spiritual Conversation

January 12, 2014

Judging by my conversations with many of you, this has been the movie-going season.  Have you seen a movie in the last few weeks?  The Wolf of Wall Street?  Saving Mr. Banks? Read the rest of this entry »

RS Caring Community Mitzvah Meals

January 9, 2014

IMG_7355 (1)There are times when each one of us must learn to relinquish the illusion that we are self-reliant and to acknowledge that we cannot do it alone.  And there are times when we are able to step forward and support someone else with our compassion.  As members of a congregation, we provide support and we receive support from one another.  If you are a member facing a vulnerable time or health challenge or even a joyous life-change, please share it with our clergy.  And if you would like to join us for fun in the RS kitchen to mitzvah -cook, shop for,  or deliver a meal for a fellow member who can’t get to RS due to health, a recent birth, or mourning, please click here to sign up for RS Caring Community Mitzvah Meals!



Bo: Expect Goodness

January 7, 2014

It is the week of resolutions. Are you off on the right foot? How did you strengthen yourself to approach your new beginnings with a full heart, with full intention, and the will to not look back?

I found inspiration for this new secular year in a different type of source this week. My daughter and I have been reading Anne of Green Gables together for months now and this week we finished the book. Read the rest of this entry »