Rabbi’s Turn

We have nothing to fear from fear itself

By Rabbi Adam Rubin, Congregation Beth Shalom While most Americans are religious — the great majority of our fellow citizens continue to assert a belief in the Divine (though this has declined in recent years, according to most surveys) — it’s how we’re religious that I find interesting. In order to attract people to churches(…)

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Rethinking Jewish education

By Rabbi Bernie Fox, Northwest Yeshiva High School Jewish education should no longer be marketed as the foundation of Jewish continuity. I have been professionally engaged in Jewish education for over 35 years. Until recently, I believed that we should promote intensive Jewish education as the only proven means of assuring Jewish continuity. My reasoning(…)

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A Sukkat Shalom: One house, two faiths, sheltered in peace

A Sukkat Shalom: One house, two faiths, sheltered in peace

By Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, Congregation Kol Ami For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. — Isaiah 56:7 For the past 15 years, Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville has shared space with the Bear Creek United Methodist Church (BCMU) — at one time out of financial necessity for both congregations,(…)

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Returning to our real selves

By Rabbi Ben Hassan, Sephardic Bikur Holim What is Yom Kippur? What does a Day of Atonement mean? Does it mean we can come to synagogue, say some prayers, and fast one day a year so we can run wild the other 364? And then come back next year to wipe the slate clean all(…)

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5775 minus one: No limits

By Rabbi Harry Zeitlin, Congregation Beth Ha’Ari You don’t need a rabbi to let you know which way the wind blows — the world is in crisis. Massacres in Syria and Iraq and Nigeria and Mali, regional wars between Russia and Ukraine, renewed race riots in the United States, much of the world economy stuck(…)

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As night falls, Torah illuminates us

Rabbi Berele Paltiel Chabad of Snohomish County Just over two years ago, my wife Goldie and I with our two little girls moved from New York City to Edmonds, Wash. to run the Chabad of Snohomish County. It has been an exciting two years, meeting many wonderful people while learning to adjust to the Pacific(…)

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Suicide in Jewish tradition

By Rabbi Jaron Matlow, Special to The Jewish Sound In the last few years, the  ugly specter of suicide has  popped up twice in my extended family. In both instances, thank God, the  attempts were unsuccessful. Both were cases of despondency  over poor health and fear of  the unknown given the  health situations. Suicide is(…)

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Ten things you might not know about the Ten Commandments

By Rabbi Bruce Kadden, Temple Beth El Earlier this month we celebrated Shavuot, the holiday of “matan Torah,” the “giving” or “gift” of Torah. It had special meaning for our family this year because our first grandchild, Matan Aviv Ballon, was born on May 5, which was not only Cinco de Mayo, but the fifth(…)

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Transitions

By Rabbi Jessica Kessler Marshall, Temple Beth Or I sat listening as a group of friends shared about their lives: One had an 85-year-old father who had just been diagnosed with cancer. My friend faced the uncertainty of his dad’s surgery and personal guilt that he lived far away, thus burdening his sibling with parental(…)

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Why is it relevant to me?

By Rabbi Elie Estrin, Chabad at the University of Washington A schoolchild approaches his father, who is deeply engrossed in his newspaper. The kid asks, “Dad, what’s the difference between ‘ignorance’ and ‘apathy?’” Responds the visibly annoyed father: “I don’t know and I don’t care!” That joke might be old hat, but it’s one worthwhile(…)

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We must reach out to and embrace intermarried Jews

Rabbi Rick Harkavy, Bet Chaverim Congregation of South King County Before I was ordained, my entire rabbinical class met and discussed the Jewish influences within our lives that encouraged us to become rabbis. My colleagues spoke about the positive difference Jewish camps and Jewish youth groups and trips to Israel made upon their Jewish identity.(…)

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“In every generation”: Spiritual preparation for Passover

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, The Kavana Cooperative The sun is shining, matzoh is out on the grocery store display shelves, and it’s clear that Pesach is on the way. Time to prepare! For the past two years, I’ve been enjoying a haggadah that’s new to the scene: “The New American Haggadah,” edited by Jonathan Safran Foer(…)

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Are you heading in the right direction?

Rabbi Berry Farkash, Chabad of the Central Cascades It was a spring evening in the mid-’60s; a group of young students from NYU came for a private audience with the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. The group was mostly young boys and girls from secular homes who wanted an opportunity to converse with(…)

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