News & Ideas from Peninsula Temple Sholom

A collection of writing by clergy, staff, and leadership.

prayer poetry

Prayer is Poetry Believed In

May our prayers be like deeply-felt poetry.
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When we see ourselves as active participants, we can see prayer as a two-sided relationship where we are co-sanctifiers and co-creators with God ...
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“Let all who are hungry, come and eat.”

“Let all who are hungry, come and eat.”

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Hunger Awareness Month is an opportunity to express our values ...
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Using the Power of Words: PTS Teenagers, Rabbis Lobby for Justice on L’Taken Trip to Our Nation’s Capital

Using the Power of Words: PTS Teenagers, Rabbis Lobby for Justice on L’Taken Trip to Our Nation’s Capital

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We have the agency to impact the world for better or worse through our speech, so we ought to use our speech for good ...
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Resilience & Anti-Semitism: Standing Together in the Face of Challenges

Resilience & Anti-Semitism: Standing Together in the Face of Challenges

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With synagogue desecration and the horrors of the Holocaust in my mind, our Purim story took on new resonance for me this year ...
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Let’s Stand With Each Other.

Let’s Stand With Each Other.

These are difficult times in the country for Muslims and Jews. We need each other. We need to stand with and for each other.
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In these troubling times, when the religious pluralism we all value as Americans is being challenged, we all need to say, “No. Not here. Not now. Not ever.” ...
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NFTY CWR Teens

¡Por Qué no los Dos!: No Need to Choose Between Youth Group Options

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It's the single question I'm asked more than any other: BBYO or NFTY? ...
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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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Being a neighbor means more than sharing the borders of our homes. It means engaging with each other, supporting each other and working together to make our community a peaceful place ...
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Inauguration Day 2017

Inauguration Day 2017

Thoughts on What it Means to Be An American
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While bomb threats come in, we can find comfort and strength knowing that we have people, all over the country and right here in our community, who are loudly saying that they choose to stand with us. I feel in my heart that we are very lucky to live in the United States of America, and I pray that it will continue to be a beacon of hope to others around the world ...
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Our URJ: Helping Us Build the Jewish Future

Our URJ: Helping Us Build the Jewish Future

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We are a part of building not just our own house of worship but a national tent under which all Reform Jews can find connection and comfort ...
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Raising a Grateful Child, Despite the ‘Gimmes’ in the Air

Raising a Grateful Child, Despite the ‘Gimmes’ in the Air

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We know that the real pleasure of the holiday is in giving — but how do we instill that feeling in our kids who love getting as well? The holiday season is the perfect time to reinforce your family values, deflect spoiling and avoid a house full of useless gifts. ...
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Because Democracy Matters

Because Democracy Matters

It may not be a perfect system, but it is far and away the best our world has.
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Democracy can be messy and divisive. But, as all our veterans know, and as I believe with all my heart, it is absolutely worth fighting for and protecting ...
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Addressing Infertility with Openness & Loving-Kindness

Addressing Infertility with Openness & Loving-Kindness

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For couples and individuals yearning for children, it can be immensely helpful to have the ongoing support of a spiritual home ...
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The Art of The Apology

The Art of The Apology

Ryan O’Neal is well aware: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” But does it really?
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The fact is that we need to say we’re sorry, and we need to say it often. And that’s what this day, Yom Kippur, is all about. Only when we seek and grant forgiveness can we feel the true holiness and glory of this holy season ...
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Compassionate Listening

Compassionate Listening

Put your phone down and pay attention.
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This is our time to reflect on how we could have been better listeners and make a promise to listen more attentively in the coming year ...
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A Vision of Society

A Vision of Society

We have lost our national ability to engage in civil discourse. Let’s get it back.
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We are ill-served and badly affected by a culture that values volume and bombast over reason and decency. We need a new vision to guide how we consider, perceive, and speak to the other, a vision we have as members of the Jewish community who are part of something noble and special ...
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A Million Things You Haven’t Done Yet

A Million Things You Haven’t Done Yet

When we get rid of the distractions, what will we do to impact the world around us?
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We don’t know how much time we have. So we better make our time here good and worthwhile, plentiful and meaningful ...
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Life Unexpected

Life Unexpected

What are we supposed to do with failed expectations and unplanned moments?
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Our baby arrived six weeks early. Everyone told me that it was going to be fine. But I was afraid of things not going according to the plan ...
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The Pursuit of Character

The Pursuit of Character

Bringing About a Sense of Wholeness
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When we as individuals are whole, then our world stands a chance of being whole ...
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