24,000 Plus One

Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Courtesy of MeaningfulLife.com There was once a man who had twenty-four thousand disciples. He taught them to love, but their love was too absolute, too true, to be loving. They died, and their death spawned a period of mourning that darkens our calendar to this very day. This man had one disciple who devoted his entire life -- literally his every minute -- to the pursuit of truth. Yet his truth was true enough to love. He, too, passed from this world, and the anniversary of his passing is celebrated as a day of joy and festivity to this very day. This, in a word, is the story of Lag BaOmer -- the story of Rabbi Akiva and his greatest disciple,

Sacred Space

The past week has taken me all over northern Broward county looking at different spaces to lease for OHEL. This new space will house our weekly services, adult learning, Legacy Learning Lab, and most importantly - a comfy and welcoming space for people to just be and schmooze. I'm not just looking for physical space in a great location, but a space that can be transformed into a sacred space. This search has taken me back to my studies of sacred space in the Torah and rabbinic writings. Throughout Jewish History, holiness has been searched for and found most prominently in two distinct yet, connected realms of experience: Space and time. Throughout the Biblical period God was met or experien

Living on the Edge

This Wednesday is Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Day of Remembrance when we remember all those Israelis who gave up their life so that we could celebrate, on the next day, Thursday, her independence (Yom Ha'atzmaut). We as a people always seem to live, like Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut - on the edge; between tyranny and hope; between violence and security. We have known struggle and compassion. We have suffered from senseless hatred and stood proud amidst the almost constant threat of annihilation. And through it all, the dream of a homeland for the Jewish people and the reality of the State of Israel have served as pillars of our continued existence and proof of our tenacious spirit. As a

Zeh Hayom!

Zeh hayom asah ADONAI! This is the day that God has made. (Psalm 118) I've never been very patient. I like to get things done in a timely fashion and then move on to the next task at hand. But some things, I've learned, take time. My impatience doesn't make it easy take things slowly but the process of growing something from a seed and nurturing its roots is what helps it grow, ultimately, into a strong life-giving plant. More than ten years ago, I began envisioning a new kind of Jewish community. A Jewish community that would be passionate, progressive and pluralistic; a Jewish community that would challenge people rather than judge them; a Jewish community that was built on a foundatio

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