Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5778

Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5778

Rabbi Robin S. Sparr: A year ago I stood before you, imploring you to be guided by social justice principles of Judaism as you stepped into the voting booth. I urged you to consider not just any single issue, but to focus on what it means to stand in support of a just and humane society. I further requested that, after you stepped out of the voting both, you would forgive and mend relationships with your friends and family who might have voted differently. It’s been a long year. (more…)...
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Rabbi’s Notes

Rabbi’s Notes

Shalom, dear TEMV family! I hope you’ve enjoyed a restful summer, full of good times with family and friends, outdoor activities, and opportunities for both rest and growth. Perhaps you are, like me, approaching the fall with a mix of excitement and wistfulness. Hot days (and nights) will soon give way to earlier sunsets and turning leaves, and, for many of us, a return to school or more routine work schedules. (more…)...
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Rabbi’s Message, February 2017

Rabbi’s Message, February 2017

By Rabbi Robin Sparr, from our February Bulletin: Our tradition teaches us that we are not expected to go it alone, but are instead urged to seek out support. From the earliest stories in the Torah, beginning with Adam and Eve, we are taught we need a partner. For many, that partner is a spouse, but for others, and at various times in our lives, it is a best friend, a sibling, or a colleague. From the Talmud, we learn “Aseh l’cha rav, uk’neh l’cha chaver” – find yourself a teacher, and acquire for yourself a friend. Rambam explains that we must...
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