January 4, 2018 Beginnings and Endings

01/10/2018 05:57:56 PM


Shalom Hevre,

As we closed a secular year and began another, I have been thinking about beginnings and endings; about closure and making peace with the past. It is also very timely that our end of the secular year marked the last parsha in the book of Genesis, the book with our ancestors' stories, and the first Shabbat in 2018 marks the beginning of Exodus, the story of the people and their/our journey from slavery to freedom and to...Read more...

Parashat Noach

10/20/2017 09:15:12 AM


Shalom Hevre,

This week is Parshat Noah. As some of you may know, according to Jewish tradition, Noah was no hero. In the torah, it reads that Noah was צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה בְּדֹרֹתָיו- he was righteous, pure in his generation. The rabbis wondered: Why qualify Noah's righteousness at all, naming it in comparison to his immoral peers?

One of the ways we know that Noah was not as...Read more...

Back to (Secular) School Wishes and Prayers

09/07/2017 01:57:19 PM


Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

Shalom SAJ Parents,


Yesterday and today, our children began a new school year. Many will hold signs in their hands and smile at the camera. A few will argue that they are too old for that! Many enter into new middle schools and high schools, filled with excitement and...Read more...

Rabbi Lauren's Blog

06/16/2017 03:11:14 PM


Dear Hevre,   One of Judaism's most central principles, and one of the ideas that has shaped and nourishes our own Jewish neshama (soul), is the concept of B'tselem Elohim, that all human beings are made in the Divine image. For those who do not resonate with "divinity"...Read more...
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