A Message from Student Rabbi Tali

Dear SWESRS members and friends, As this week comes to an end, I find myself, as I am sure many of you are, horrified, sad and deeply worried about the growing violence in Israel. Watching from afar the familiar streets of my homeland flooded by fear, rage and blood...

A Message from Rabbi Lisa

Chazak Chazak ve’Nitchazek! This shabbat we will complete our reading of the book of Vayikra, Leviticus. My time serving the SWESRS community is also reaching its completion. But just as there are another two books of the Torah before we reach Moses’ final farewell to...

A Message from Rabbi Lisa

A Night of Bonfires Today is Lag b’Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, the 49 day period of counting that connects Pesach, the season of our freedom, with Shavuot, the time of our receiving Torah on Mount Sinai. (The Hebrew letters representing the numbers 33 are lamed...

A Message from Rabbi Lisa

Kedoshim Tihyu: Be holy, for holy am I, Your God! The strange thing about Parashat Kedoshim, the first part of this week’s double sedra Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, is that completely unrelated topics huddle cheek by jowl in the Torah text. From ritual (don’t eat anything...

A Message from Rabbi Lisa

Happy Birthday Israel! On Wednesday night Reform Judaism and Liberal Judaism jointly marked Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 73rd birthday, with an online celebration in song. This joyful celebration followed a commemoration for Yom HaZikaron, remembering Israel’s fallen...

A Message from Rabbi Lisa

We have embarked on the period of the Omer – a journey from slavery to freedom and receiving Torah at Mount Sinai. Just a every weigh station of the Israelites in the desert is named and marked in our Torah text, so too our calendar in these current weeks is filled...