Next time you are in the Sanctuary at KI, take a look at the Hosea Window. It is on your left, second from the front. The verse quoted in the window (Hosea 2:19) comes from this week’s Haftarah (Parshat BaMidbar/Numbers). “I will betroth you to me forever,
This week a learned KI congregant asked me, “Why don’t we talk about the Jewish views of abortion?” So many people do not really know what Jewish tradition says, they just know that many Jews are pro-choice.
The word “Kadosh” comes from root of the Hebrew word which means to separate, to distinguish. How can separateness create holiness? What are we separating away from and perhaps towards? If holiness is directional, where are we heading?
This year I happened to have spent Yom HaShoah in South Florida as part of a quarterly visit to my mother in Aventura. My sister suggested the three of us drive to Miami Beach to join in the observance. Why not? So, off we went on a beautiful sun bleached Florida Sunday afternoon.
In our Haggadah we read… A wandering Aramean was my father [’arami ’oved avi]; he went down into Egypt… and with signs and wonders; and God brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Take a deep breath.” Great advice, but how easy is it to follow? The Hebrew letter that represents breath is also the same letter that represents God, Hay. As we say Hay, we can feel our breath, the connection to our Creator, and our Divine Source.