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D'var Torah: Parshat Re'eh

08/08/2018 01:56:54 PM

Aug8

Lori Nichols

The book of Deuteronomy gives us 3 sermons by Moses to the people of Israel, restating God’s commands originally given to the Israelites some forty years earlier in Exodus and Leviticus. This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Re'eh, is from the 2nd of those sermons and begins with the classic statement, "See, this day I set before you a blessing and a curse" - a blessing if the people obey God's commandments and a...Read more...

Actions To Protect Refugees

07/20/2018 10:28:38 AM

Jul20

Rabbi Fred Greene

Last night, I heard the sound file on the news where a young child was crying out, "Papa! Papa!" It was heartbreaking. I knew I needed to write to you.

President Trump's tweet that immigrants will "infest our Country" echoes the antisemitsm of Shoah where Nazis described Jews as rats carrying contagion. I also hear the echo of Pharaoh in the first chapter of Exodus, when the newly emerged Pharaoh who didn't know Joseph was...Read more...

Can We Have God and Science?

07/20/2018 09:41:37 AM

Jul20

Rabbi Lynn Goldsmith

There are some drawbacks to getting older. Getting up in the morning and having to really think about moving because we are so stiff, or the sudden realization that we have lived more life than we have yet to live. But there are perks, like senior discounts.  Getting a Senior cup of coffee at McDonalds seems like such a savings when we get change back from our dollar.  One of the least well known senior...Read more...

What We Grow on Kibbutz Tzofim, OSRUI

07/10/2018 03:00:24 PM

Jul10

Rabbi Fred Greene and Geoffrey Prass

On any kibbutz in Israel, there are a wide variety of crops and animals, like on many farms. In recent decades, they have even grown beyond agriculture and have created industries and products that support their communities.

At OSRUI, our little kibbutz has a lovely gan (garden), a refet (which is a “dairy,” but at OSRUI, it is our collection of sheep, goats, hens and a very loud rooster)....Read more...

Bridge House and Har HaShem Partner to Address Boulder's Affordable Housing Crisis

07/09/2018 04:30:52 PM

Jul9

Alan Halpern

Beginning in August, Bridge House and Congregation Har HaShem will partner to provide housing to six successful graduates of Bridge House's award-winning Ready to Work program. Bridge House will rent two houses owned by Har HaShem and managed by Boulder Property Management. The rooms will be sublet to graduates of Ready to Work with full-time, mainstream jobs who will also receive aftercare case management. Bridge House will provide a subsidy...Read more...

From Generation to Generation: Learning Life Lessons at Camp, OSRUI

06/26/2018 03:01:55 PM

Jun26

Dr. Katherine Schwartz and Rabbi Ari Margolis

Dreaming of possibilities, testing hypotheses, picking ourselves up through adversity, pushing ourselves to grow, making connections, learning Torah, having fun.  

These are experiences we want our young people to acquire.  And what a great environment camp is to learn them! The chanichim (campers) are together with each other 24 hours a day.  They look to their madrichim (counselors) to learn those...Read more...

Wedding Officiation: Do I Or Don't I? I Do.

06/23/2017 12:03:43 PM

Jun23

Rabbi Fred Greene

I write to share some recent reflections relating to a question that I received in every single encounter during my interview process: Will you officiate at a wedding between a Jew and a non-Jew?

At the time, I described feeling like I was standing at a crossroad. In my previous 16 years as a rabbi, I had committed to never reject or condemn couples who chose to intermarry, but I felt unable to officiate where one...Read more...

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