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For the New Year 2020

Tue, 12/31/19 - 10:38am


Rabbi Lisa Eiduson

Twenty years ago, on the eve of the year 2000, we had no idea what to expect. There were those who claimed that the world was going to end. There were others who believed that we stood on the threshold of a major social, cultural or religious revolution. And there were many who predicted that all the world’s computers would go crashing down into oblivion and that it would take months or years to restore our systems. There was fear, anticipation, excitement…Read more...

Thanksgiving Message 2019

Mon, 12/2/19 - 11:17am


Rabbi Lisa Eiduson

Thanksgiving and Judaism are a perfect fit! Saying thanks is a natural part of our lives and a recurring theme in Jewish prayer...Read more...

Reflections on the Synagogue Tragedy in Poway, CA

Tue, 4/30/19 - 8:02pm


Rabbi Lisa Eiduson

On the heels of our Passover celebration, we learn of yet another incident of gun violence in America in a house of worship...Read more...

Rabbi's Passover Message

Fri, 4/19/19 - 3:56pm


Dear Members of Congregation B'nai Torah,

At sundown tonight, in the light of April's full 'pink moon,' we will celebrate our great Festival of Freedom. We will sit at our home seder tables with family members and friends - together with the strangers we invite into our midst - to recall our bitter oppression in Egypt and then to recount the story of our miraculous redemption into freedom. We augment our own saga of suffering and...Read more...

Tragedy in New Zealand - March 15, 2019

Fri, 3/15/19 - 9:34pm


Dear Members of Congregation B'nai Torah,
I am traveling with 7 high school students to the Religious Action Center in Washington DC for a weekend of learning, advocacy, leadership and lobbying on Capitol Hill. I am saddened and dismayed by the news of 49 Muslim worshipers who were brutally murdered in the midst of their Friday Sabbath prayers earlier today in their mosque in New Zealand.
Once again, we find...

2019 New Year's Greetings

Fri, 12/28/18 - 2:52pm


Dear Members of Congregation B'nai Torah,
As this week draws to a close, we reach a well-deserved hiatus from our typically busy routines of school and work. It is hard to believe that the High Holy Days took place nearly four months ago and that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, too, have long since gone by. As we get older, the passage of time accelerates; the days turn more quickly into months which then evolve into...Read more...

Preparing our Minds and Hearts for the High Holy Days 9/1/2018

Sun, 9/2/18 - 7:09pm


New beginnings always bring an admixture of stress and excitement. And, this year, with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur occurring so early in September, our New Year will be upon us in a matter of days. The fact that the High Holy Days fall so closely on the heels of summer does not release us from the obligation to prepare ourselves for the important days of introspection ahead. One Hasidic Rabbi used his own practice to illustrate the...Read more...

Rabbi's Hanukkah Greeting 12/12/2017

Wed, 12/13/17 - 1:22am


There is a story of Rabbi Israel from Salanter, went for a walk in the neighborhood one dark winter evening. Along the way, he saw a small house with a dim light in the window that glowed in the darkness. The light drew him to the house, and he entered it.


Rabbi's Musings and Meditations 11/23/2017

Tue, 11/28/17 - 6:30pm


A Thanksgiving Greeting 2017

Where has the time gone? It is already Thanksgiving " a holiday that I think of as a comma or semi-colon that is much needed by all of us. We were blessed with a beautiful stretch of Fall weather that extended the summer and helped make our busy schedules a little more enjoyable over the past couple of months since the High Holy Days. But now, as the temperatures grow colder, and the amount of...Read more...

Rabbi's Musings and Meditations 9/15/2017

Fri, 9/15/17 - 6:34pm


A Message for the Final Shabbat of 5777

It is the final Shabbat of the Jewish year 5777. And though it is a warm and sunny day, the summer flowers are beginning to fade, and the landscape is just starting to take on the yellow-orange glow of autumn. We had a joyous opening week of Religious School at Congregation B'nai Torah, and the Brotherhood sponsored Welcome-Back-BBQ was enjoyed by our multi-generational synagogue family....Read more...

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