Two weeks and Two days-that is how long we have been counting. For 16 days we have been working on spiritual repair and correction. First within ourselves and then carrying that tikkun into the world. This period of reflection between Pesach and Shavuot are marked with spiritual preparation and purification in order that when we…Read more »
What bikkurim do you have to offer?
Parshat Ki Tavo Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 This week our Torah portion gives us very specific instructions about certain responsibilities of the Israelite nation once they cross over the Jordan River and settle in the Promised Land. This first mitzvah described takes place only after the Children of Israel will settle in the land and plant crops…Read more »
Sounds of Torah
Shavuot/Parshat Behaalotecha Numbers 8:1 -12:16 This week we celebrate Shavuot-the Feast of Weeks. For the last seven weeks since Pesach we have journeyed through the wilderness to arrive now at the foot of Mt. Sinai and we once again receive the miracle of Torah. I call this the miracle of Torah because each year…Read more »
Some thoughts on Shavuot
Tonight we observe the holy day of Shavuot. The Feast of Weeks. For seven weeks we have counted the omer, marking off with anticipation and excitement our journey from Passover and freedom to this moment at the foot of Mt. Sinai. We are here! Soon God will reveal the Torah to us. One tradition says…Read more »
Jewish Roots of Christianity
If you haven’t made plans yet for the festival of Shavuot evening-come study Torah with us at Kol Ami. This year our Scholar in Residence for our Tikkyn Leyl Shavuot- is Dr. Rabbi Joshua Garroway. Dr. Garroway is an assistant Professor at our Reform Seminary, Hebrew Union College. His specialty is early Christianity and the…Read more »
Tweeting Torah to the Top
As many of you know I hope I am an avid Tweeter. I love the short form of Twitter messages and tweet daily. You can follow me @deniseeger or @egerdl. Yes I love it so much that I have two accounts! Even the temple tweets @kolamila! Sign up to follow all of these. Last year…Read more »
Are You Down for the Count?
Happy Passover one and all. I hope your Seder was joyful and yummy too. Tonight many will celebrate a second seder but what makes tonight so different is the counting of the omer. It begins on the second night of Passover and culminates 50 days later in our next festival of Shavuot. Each night (or…Read more »