Lunch and Learn with Julie Kohner

Lunch and Learn with Julie Kohner

Saturday, October 23rd at 12:30pm Join Julie Kohner, for our first Lunch & Learn, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, her parents wrote their story in “Hanna and Walter, A Love Story”. Using the book, artifacts and episode of “This Is Your Life” (in which her mother was the first Holocaust survivor to share her story on national television), this presentation…

The Akeda as Personal Challenge

The Akeda as Personal Challenge

The shofar blows, evoking its multifaceted symbolism of a wake-up call, spontaneous crying, music and a call to arms. We might take a moment to recall the first mention, an allusion really, to the shofar in Judaism.     Immediately we are transported back thousands of years and across the globe to the top of the Temple mount in Jerusalem. There…

KI TAVO: RETHINKING AND FORGING OUR PATH TOWARD PERSONAL GROWTH.

KI TAVO: RETHINKING AND FORGING OUR PATH TOWARD PERSONAL GROWTH.

Parashat Ki Tavo is one of the two Tochecha Torah portions. Tochecah means rebuke. But this is not a friendly rebuke, not even a tough criticism. This rebuke is more of a threat. ARUR Ha’Ish, ARUR Ha’Am – cursed be the person, cursed be the people who fall into this or that behavior…Now, the lists of wrongdoings and curses are very explicit…

KI TITZEH:THE DAY TORAH BECAME A HORROR TALE

KI TITZEH:THE DAY TORAH BECAME A HORROR TALE

In 1845 Heinrich Hoffman wrote the famous —Struwwelpeter, or in its English version “Shockheaded Peter”. The book tells several stories, presenting pretty horrifying consequences of children’s misbehavior. It has a very clear methodology and goal, scaring children for the sake of preventing misbehavior. Even when written thousands of years earlier, this week’s Sidrah is Torah’s version of Shockheaded Peter. We…

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR US TO STOP WHAT WE ARE DOING? : PARASHAT EIKEV #MENTALHEALTHMATTERS

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR US TO STOP WHAT WE ARE DOING? : PARASHAT EIKEV #MENTALHEALTHMATTERS

What would it take for us to stop what we are doing? Eikev, the name of this Sidra means: since or because, but it also means heel, the part of our bodies that connects us to earth, the component upon which everything else stands. Tonight, originally, I wanted to talk about foundational – core values as a general concept. However…