Showing posts from July, 2014

Message to Congregation Shaarei Kodesh about the recent events in Israel (July 2014)

Congregation Shaarei Kodesh 

לִבִּי בְמִזְרָח וְאָנֹכִי בְּסוֹף מַעֲרָבMy heart is in the east, and I am in the uttermost west - Yehudah HaLeviI write this letter to you today from Camp Ramah Darom where I am spending two weeks teaching campers and staff, and spending time with thirteen campers and staff members from our congregation. Camp is a magical place happily cut off from the rest of the world. At camp, you do not see anyone looking down at their phones as they walk around, and few people with ear buds blasting music. Instead, you see hundreds of young Jews interacting with each other and basking in the beautiful surroundings of the mountains of North Georgia. However, even though we are seemingly isolated from the rest of the world, we are still connected to our people around the world, especially in Israel. We may be in the uttermost west, but our hearts are in the east. One of the beautiful things about Camp Ramah is their connection to Israel. Not only will you hear Hebrew s…

Just Breathe - How To Respond to Anger and Frustration

Just Breathe -A Response to Anger and Frustration© Rabbi David BaumParashat Hukkat, June 28, 2014, Rosh Hodesh Tammuz 5774
Chapter 20 1 The Israelites arrived in a body at the wilderness of Zin on the first new moon, and the people stayed at Kadesh. Miriam died there and was buried there. 2 The community was without water, and they joined against Moses and Aaron. 3 The people quarreled with Moses, saying, “If only we had perished when our brothers perished at the instance of the Lord! 4 Why have you brought the Lord’s congregation into this wilderness for us and our beasts to die there? 5 Why did you make us leave Egypt to bring us to this wretched place, a place with no grain or figs or vines or pomegranates? There is not even water to drink!” 6 Moses and Aaron came away from the congregation to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and fell on their faces. The Presence of the Lord appeared to them, 7 and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “You and your brother Aaron take the rod and…