The widows of Har Nof have shown us how to be truly holy amidst unspeakable pain that no one should need to endure.
These divrei Torah were recorded during the Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Shabbaton at Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland Oregon earlier this year (2014). The video features Rabbi Joshua Boettiger, Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Rabbi Lavey Yitzchak Derby, Rabbi Julie Danan, Rabbi Sue Morningstar, Rabbi David Zaslow, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi zt”l.
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According to her daughters, Judy was very clear about her epitaph. Hear the eulogies here.
Shmini Atzeret, the eighth day of the festival of Sukkot, marks the beginning of winter on the Jewish calendar. At this time of year, we pray for a compassionate allocation of water. Not too much, not too little. Traditional piyyutim (liturgical poems) recall the role of water in the lives of our male ancestors. This […]
Hoshanna Rabbah, “The Great ‘Save Us!’,” falls on the seventh day of Sukkot. It’s traditional to recite hoshanot, supplicatory prayers, on that day. Reb Zalman has written a set of contemporary poetic hoshanot in Hebrew and in English. Of his hoshanot, Reb Arthur (Rabbi Arthur Waskow) notes that: These Hoshanot in English by Reb Zalman […]
The following liturgy for inviting the mothers and the fathers to the sukkah is given in Hebrew and Aramaic in neohasid’s 2-page pdf, revised for 2014. Pictures of the liturgy are found below, followed by the entire English text. For an explanation of the order and description of the mothers given in this liturgy, visit […]
Take the lulav (palm branch) in your right hand, with the hadasim (myrtle) on the right facing you and the aravot (willows) on your left. Then take the etrog (citron) in your left hand and place it in front of the lulav. Now hold this whole bundle together while standing facing the East. Before you […]
A Jewish Renewal perspective on the tetrad of lunar eclipses. We in North America are about to experience the second of four total lunar eclipses in a row which, incredibly, coincide with Pesach (15 April in 2014, 4 April in 2015) and Sukkot (8 October in 2014 and 28 September in 2015). The full moon marking these festival times […]
ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal is proud to announce the affiliation of two new communities — one in California and one in Florida. The Eitz Chayim Community in Port Saint Lucie, Florida served by Rabbi Shafir Lobb, had its roots in the Palm Tree “Kallah” in 2014 and is established to foster Jewish Renewal activities […]