Category Archives: Shabbat

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat Shuvah

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat of Returning. Like last year, this will be a contemplative service, allowing us to go deep into our own internal landscape of repentance and return.

Of course, before we get to Shabbat, join us for High Holiday services! (Here’s our schedule for the Days of Awe if you need it. And here’s a link to a recent post containing some high holiday melodies.)

This week we’re reading Ha’azinu (when we’re not reading the Rosh Hashanah Torah readings!) If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism:  Ha’azinu at the URJ.

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah we’ll be reading from the story of the casting-out of Hagar and Ishmael; on the second day of Rosh Hashanah we’ll experience a contemplative Torah journey into the akedah, the Binding of Isaac. If you’d like to read some reflections on those stories, here are a few:

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

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Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Nitzavim-Vayeilech, and to Selichot!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Chris Kelly.

And join us on Shabbat evening at 8pm for Selichot, the service that kicks off our high holiday season! (Here’s our schedule for the Days of Awe if you need it. And here’s a link to a recent post containing some high holiday melodies.)

This week we’re reading Nitzavim-Vayeilech. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism:  Nitzavim-Vayeilech at the URJ.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Ki Tavo.

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

The moon of Elul continues to wax. Full moon will be in  just a few days… and when the moon is full, we’ll be a scant two weeks from Rosh Hashanah!

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services.

This week we’re reading Ki Tavo. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism:  Ki Tavo at the URJ.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Re’eh and Shabbat Mevarchim Elul

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Pam Wax.

This Shabbat has a special name: Shabbat Mevarchim Elul. “Shabbat Mevarchim” means it’s a Shabbat of special blessings because of the coming new lunar month (a new month begins in the following week) — in this case, the month of Elul, leading up to the Days of Awe. Here’s a teaching about the month of Elul:  Seeking the Beloved.

This week we’re reading Re’eh. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

From Rabbi David Markus: This Too Is For Good. From Rabbi Shefa Gold: Re’eh: the Power of Seeing. And here are commentaries from the Union for Reform Judaism: Re’eh at the URJ.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Eikev.

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Rachel.

This week we’re reading Eikev. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:  Eikev at the URJ.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Va’etchanan.

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Join us on Monday night at 8pm for our observance of Tisha b’Av.

And join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield.

This week we’re reading  Va’etchanan. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ: Va’etchanan at the URJ.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel

Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Devarim.

 

Shavua tov — a good new week to you!

Join us on  Shabbat morning at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Rachel. The coming Shabbat is called “Shabbat Shachor” (the dark Shabbat) because it is the Shabbat immediately before Tisha b’Av, and our observance will reflect that theme — filtered through the joyous lens of Shabbat.

This week we’re reading D’varim. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

Here’s a d’var Torah from my friend and colleague Rabbi David Evan Markus that connects this week’s Torah portion with next week’s observance of Tisha b’Av and with the great “turning” we do in our lives as the Days of Awe approach: It’s Your Turn.

And here are commentaries from the URJ: D’varim at the URJ.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Rachel