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 »
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 »
January 9, 2014
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!
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 »