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MOONWALK MONTHLY: ELUL - A High Holiday Appeal for the Skeptics Among Us

MOONWALK MONTHLY: ELUL - A High Holiday Appeal for the Skeptics Among Us

This time of year, I hear my own inner skeptic say, “Why bother?” Isn’t this idea of starting the new year over a bit outdated? After all, we are Jews. There’s no Times Square fanfare or a ball to drop. Yes, there are apples and honey, but frankly, I’d rather eat a brownie. 

MOONWALK MONTHLY: AV - Tender, Brave Love 💗 What do you hear? 👂🏽

MOONWALK MONTHLY: AV - Tender, Brave Love 💗 What do you hear? 👂🏽

Shalom, Rabbi, I have a question. Why is it that when I experience true beauty, a mama lion serenely cradling her cub, a cub fully vulnerable and relaxed into her mama’s embrace, do I experience a pain in my heart? I immediately feel a pain and a fear that someone will harm either of them or that bad things will happen to them? What in me needs healing to let go of this fear and despair that beauty is under attack, that vulnerability and love will be destroyed?

A New and Sweet Year

A New and Sweet Year

A blessing for you and yours in the video above. 

For insights into the shofar, hear my recent song-filled sermon here. 11 min.

To join us tonight and over these Awesome Days at my shul in San Diego. We will broadcast live - tune in here.

Shana tova!

A Wilderness Prayer: Passover to Shavuot

A Wilderness Prayer: Passover to Shavuot

Walkin' with the One. Such a relief. A prayer for the sacred count up from Passover to Shavuot. Walk with me through the barley fields.  

Morning Soul Meditation

Morning Soul Meditation

Each night our souls fly high. According to Jewish tradition 1/60th of our soul returns to The One every night. In the morning, as we open our eyes, we sing a song of praise thanking The One that our soul has been re-nested in our body, renewed and refreshed.

Happy New Year, To Our Crooked Hearts

Happy New Year, To Our Crooked Hearts

As I boarded the plane in Los Angeles to fly to Cape Town for the High Holy Days, I paused, touched the side of the open plane and said to myself, “b’yado afki ruchi,” in Your hand I place my spirit. This line from Adon Olam is my “all aboard” ritual and prayer. 

A Soul Reset

A Soul Reset

A Rosh Hashana invites us to press reset. When the New Year begins its tempting to feel apathy upon arrival, disillusioned to begin again, fatigued by our futile resolutions made last year. That’s where community, ritual and a good kick in the tush can really count. Hope to hear from you! Where are you this year and where do you want to go?