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eJUDAISM: HOW'S YOUR BALANCE?

09/05/2021 07:00:00 AM

Sep5

Michael Greenfield

Haven’t we had quite enough of introspection and looking deeply into our souls over the last 18 months? And now the High Holy Days are here? Truth is, Judaism never gets tired of Cheshbon HaNefesh, the accounting of the soul that we’re supposed to be doing right now. But even if you’re not big on spiritual spreadsheets, it’s good stuff . . . unless you’ve got reflection-fatigue from a year and a half of continually assessing your...Read more...

eJUDAISM: MASKS, FACES SOULS

08/12/2021 04:11:59 PM

Aug12

Michael Greenfield

There’s something comforting about hiding behind a mask, and there’s something distressing about not being seen – the pandemic has made that all too clear. But none of us were strangers to the mask which is why the Jewish calendar reminds us to start taking them off today.

Today is the 1st of Elul, the month that leads to Rosh HaShanah, and it’s the month in which we each...Read more...

Rabbi Levinsky's Sermons

07/01/2021 11:05:21 AM

Jul1

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Storytelling: Rabbi David Levinsky

In Japan, there is a way that they repair broken pottery. It’s called kintsugi. The process involves gluing the pieces together using lacquer. The key element, though, is the dusting of the sticky lacquer with gold powder. The results are beautiful. Not only is the piece of pottery once again whole, the cracks from the...Read more...

eJUDAISM: IT'S NEVER A CAKE WALK HERE

05/19/2020 06:02:39 PM

May19

Michael Greenfield

Walk with me. Because to learn a city, you really need to walk its streets, and the story of Tel Aviv is written in its streets. It's a pre-COVID walk. The Nachalat Binyamin market is open. The Yemenite woman who makes the flatbread is there baking. If I had to guess, I'd say she's a bit older than the state, a bit younger than the city. I said Yemenite so you're going to want to tell me that her bread is malawach, but it's not. It's thinner....Read more...

eJUDAISM: DIGITAL FATIGUE

05/01/2020 03:11:20 PM

May1

Michael Greenfield

Another week is coming to a close. Another Shabbat nearly upon us to provide that sustaining refuge, that sacred sanctuary in time. I think we could all use some Shabbat.

I've been sending these eJudaism emails to share links to the digital Jewish world, but not this week. I've hit a wall of digital fatigue. Am I the only one? Other than buying avocados I'm not much of a gambler, but I'd bet a few bucks that some of you are feeling...Read more...

eJUDAISM: COUNTING THE DAYS, ALL KINDS

04/23/2020 08:27:09 PM

Apr23

Michael Greenfield

This current period, between Passover marking the Exodus and Shavuot marking the giving of the Torah at Sinai, was the beginning of wandering the desert for 40 years, and it later became a period of counting the 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot. According to Jewish tradition, it was towards the end of this period that manna first appeared and miraculously fed the Jewish people until they reached Israel. According to the rabbis, any extra manna...Read more...

eJUDAISM: THE MID-PESACH EDITION

04/13/2020 04:42:09 PM

Apr13

Michael Greenfield

This sheltering in place won't last forever, but according to the emergency broadcasting system message that blared through my phone earlier, we've got at least a couple more weeks. So this is a good moment to take stock of what we have in our Jewish pantry and improvise in ways that bring us both nourishment and joy.

My hope is that you're enjoying a sweet Passover, and that this finds you well and learning to improvise, in the...Read more...

PASSOVER 5780

04/08/2020 11:01:02 AM

Apr8

Michael Greenfield

There's a moment at the start of the Seder when we hold up the matzah and declare, "This is the bread of affliction that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all who are hungry enter and eat." In his commentary to the Haggadah, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks asks whether it is actual hospitality to offer the hungry the taste of suffering. The matzah, he says, represents two things: it is the food of slaves, and it is the bread the Israelites ate...Read more...

eJUDAISM: THE ISRAEL EDITION

04/05/2020 09:59:57 PM

Apr5

Michael Greenfield

Let's start with a dispatch from Talia Goldberg, our Israeli Shlicha:

Mimouna is a traditional North African Jewish celebration dinner that currently takes place in Israel. It is held the day after Passover, marking the return to eating hametz (leavened bread, etc.) which is forbidden throughout the week of Passover. This year, Mimouna is on the evening of April 16.

You can find a recipe for the traditional dish called...Read more...

THE ISRAELI MUSIC CLASS SONGLIST

04/05/2020 09:02:53 PM

Apr5

Michael Greenfield

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Hatikvah (The Hope)

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HOW THE TALMUD ANTICIPATED SOCIAL DISTANCING

03/30/2020 11:16:45 AM

Mar30

Michael Greenfield

The Talmud, like a lot of Jews, is a worrier. And like a lot of worriers, the rabbis of the Talmud argued over solutions to more problems than most of us can conjure. The upside? The Talmud already contains a roadmap for dealing with social distancing - and it's a map that will be particularly helpful in the days and weeks (maybe months?) ahead.

Join me on Zoom on Wednesday, April 1, at 7pm as we turn to an ancient text for some very...Read more...

WHY IS THIS YEAR DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER YEARS?

03/29/2020 08:05:18 PM

Mar29

Michael Greenfield

Our Friday night onegs are on Zoom, our synagogue is in a county under quarantine, and we all know exactly how many rolls of toilet paper we own right now. It's a unique moment, and it calls for a unique approach to the Seder. If you were thoughtful about your panic buying, you'll still be able to drink your four cups of wine. Tradition! But what if you can't find matzah or horseradish or parsley? What if you don't know how to make a seder?...Read more...

eJUDAISM: A THOUSAND KISSES, FALAFEL, ETC.

03/26/2020 08:17:59 PM

Mar26

Michael Greenfield

To paraphrase Jack Paar...as I was saying before I was interrupted by coronavirus...let's get back to our regularly scheduled adult ed programming, even if that means completely rethinking all of it in this new reality.

If you're spending more time at home than usual and are looking for a little taste of Judaism, or obscure pop culture references you can Google just to pass the time, you've come to the right place. I'm packing this...Read more...

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