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Sermons from January 2016


I learned a new word today, “febrile.” It was in a headline describing the financial markets. Febrile means feverish: a description of the wide swings in the Dow. As we move toward High Holydays, our economy is unsteady and some of our congregants are challenged with job searches. Know that our synagogue is committed to…

Meditation Coupled with Prayer

The early pious ones would meditate (shohim)for one hour before “the prayer” (ha’tefilla). Mishnah Berakhot 5:1 Most mornings, for close to twenty years, I have sat for a designated period of time observing my breath mindfully (shohim) before commencing my traditional daily prayers. Meditation and formal prayer are complementary. Through meditation, I gain deeper calm and hone my concentration. I become more…