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This Week’s Reflections

Posted on October 23, 2023

Our hearts are hurting. We prepare ourselves once again to bring in the light of Shabbat. Like the wicks of the havdallah candle, as we live Jewishly, our pain and Continue Reading »

Bring in the Light of Shabbat

Posted on October 16, 2023

We are so grateful to be in community together in this dark time. Last night, we joined with over a dozen congregations from across Montgomery County of all denominations to Continue Reading »

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Facing the Tragedy in Israel

Posted on October 10, 2023

אחינו כל בית ישראל הנתונים בצרה ובשביה המקום ירחם עליהם ויוציאם מצרה לרוחה ומאפילה לאורה Our family, all of Israel, mired in sorrow and captivity May the Omnipresent have mercy Continue Reading »

The Immersive Joy of Sukkot & Shabbat

Posted on October 3, 2023

Thank you for your caring and kindness this week as we have been recovering from illness. On the home front, we are gearing up for a quiet beginning of the Continue Reading »

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Sips & Dips

Posted on September 22, 2023

Step into the magical world of the Shaare Torah Sukkah for an unforgettable evening filled with warmth, camaraderie, and delicious treats. Join us under the stars as we celebrate the Continue Reading »

Even Small Acts Can Create Lasting Change

Posted on September 1, 2023

Rebecca Solnit’s “Hope in the Dark” is a book about finding hope in dark times. It has inspired us often over the past decade. In writing about the lasting change Continue Reading »

New Music for Shabbat & Elul: Nireh Or

Posted on August 18, 2023

Shabbat Shalom, Shaare Torah! In the spirit of Erev Shabbat of Rosh Ḥodesh Elul–the start of the Hebrew month of connection and return before the New Year–I’m excited to share “Nireh Or.” It is a song Continue Reading »

Celebrating Juneteenth & The Journey to Freedom

Posted on June 16, 2023

Our Torah portion this week, Shlach, concludes with the commandment to affix tzitzit, fringes, on the corners of our garments. They are meant to be a reminder of our responsibility to do mitzvot. Continue Reading »

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Pillars of Fire & Cloud/ Ruach of Shabbat

Posted on June 15, 2023

This week, we are mindful of the blessing of having clean air to breathe, something we take for granted most days. As the smoke and haze from forest fires burning Continue Reading »

Celebrating Pride Month & Al Hanisim for Pride Shabbat

Posted on June 2, 2023

Pride Sameach! Happy Pride Month! We celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which Continue Reading »