by Rabbi Shoshana Friedman,
Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA
Holy One of Blessing!
Grant us strength to be part of a holy uprising
A resistance against the forces of destruction
For we stand in witness of the unity of Creation.
Grant us patience to work well with others
In groups of fellow uprisers
To honor and uplift Your sacred name.
Grant us wisdom to...
A beautiful ceremony marks the end of Shabbat on Saturday evening. This ending ritual is called Havdalah, which means separationor distinction in Hebrew. The Torah teaches that God created the world by making distinctions, first between light anddarkness, next between water and empty space, then between earth and water. The final distinction made in that week of creation was between regular time and holy time. Just as...
Reprinted fromThe Jewish Religion: A Companion, published by Oxford University Press.
Kiddush is the sanctification of the Sabbath.
On Friday night, when the Sabbath begins, the Kiddush ceremony is carried out before sitting down to the Sabbath meal. A cup of wine is filled and held in the hand by the person presiding, usually but not necessarily the father of the house, and the benediction over...
Af-Bri (Anger-Health) is the name of the angel of rain; he thickens and forms clouds, he empties them and to cause rain. Water to crown the valley’s vegetation, may it not be withheld because of our debt. In the merit of the faithful ancestors protect the ones who pray for rain. Blessed are you, Hashem, shield of Abraham. You are eternally mighty, my Lord, the resuscitator of the dead; abundantly able to save. May the...
Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam borei p’ri hagafen.
Praised be You, O Adonai, our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, borei meenei v’sameem.
Praised be You, O Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who creates fragrant spices.
Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam borei...
Originally posted August 28, 2014
This week’s torah portion, or parsha, is called shoftim, Hebrew for “judges.” Before he dies, Moses delivers a final speech to the Israelites, including a review of a justice system with the appointment of judges and law enforcers in every city. He specifies the importance of examining all crimes with careful inquiry, and avoiding bias or special...
Originally posted September 18, 2014
We are one week away from Rosh Hashanah, a time of spiritual reckoning. Our parsha, or Torah portion, this week is Nitzavim, meaning “ones standing.” In the parsha, Moses tells the Israelites that all the people stood before G-d to enter into the covenant. What would it be like to imagine ourselves standing before G-d right now? What would...