News & Ideas from Peninsula Temple Sholom

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

Finding Jewish Resilience

Finding Jewish Resilience

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We shouldn’t be afraid of the difficult. We are built for it.
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Why We Need Yom Kippur

Why We Need Yom Kippur

It’s Not Easy Being Moral
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While doing the right thing often puts the do-gooder on the right side of history, it’s harder than we think to do the right thing in the moment.
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The Art of Forgiveness

The Art of Forgiveness

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Learning to forgive ourselves may just make it easier for us to forgive other people.
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One Voice for the New Year

One Voice for the New Year

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The sound of the shofar compels us to respond with a resounding call for justice.
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In Praise of a Generous Heart

In Praise of a Generous Heart

Gosh darn it – you’ve got to be kind!
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With kindness, compassion, and grace, God bestows dignity on everything and every person.
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The Great Becoming

The Great Becoming

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Rosh HaShanah is the holiday of recognizing our becoming.
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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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