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The Last Shabbat of 2020: A Moment Frozen in Time—We Reflect and  Live Again

Well, we have arrived at the last Shabbat of 2020. Yes, it is our secular new year and does not hold the same weight for us as Rosh Hashanah does, but it’s natural to see this moment as meaningful for us, too. The human spirit desires many ways to mark time. To end things and…Read on →

Joseph Cries Freely:  The Emotional Whiplash of Winter 2020 and Resources for Those Facing Mental Health Distress

For eight nights, we have been lighting our menorahs. For each night, we added one candle, one flame, until last night, when we were full throttle, eight glowing candles plus a shamash. And then tonigh …as the sun set, Chanukah ended. And yes, we light our beautiful Shabbat candles tonight, but the bottom drops out…Read on →

Choosing Wonder on Chanukah

Can you believe it’s almost Chanukah!? What is a holiday about miracles in a year like the one we’ve had? Well, let’s start with a little history. Leading up to approximately the year 165 BCE, The Seleucids, who were part of the Assyrian-Greek Empire, oppressed the Jewish people in many ways, including prohibiting central rituals…Read on →