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Enduring Spirit

“We’re almost halfway there.” So began a recent public health message that our area is almost halfway down the covid-19 curve. Now is the time, the message urged, to keep doing what we’re doing – maintain protections, check on each other, don’t let our guard down, don’t surrender progress in flattening the curve. Instantly I thought, …

On Israel, Identity, Pride and “Exile”

By Rabbi David The display hall at the 2020 AIPAC (America-Israel Public Affairs Committee) policy conference was a wow. A massive convention center, over 700,000 square feet, filled with exhibitions about Israel’s advances in environmental protection, health, social policy, education, information technology and national defense. What other nation, I wondered, could …

From Rabbi David: On Spiritual Resilience

Los Angeles-area Rabbi Ed Feinstein tells a famous story about life in Israel after one of its many upheavals. He recounts walking in Jerusalem and seeing the city return to itself. He sees Chabad rabbis at the downtown corner of Ben Yehuda St. and Jaffa St. “doing what Chabadnik’s do everywhere, putting tefillin on every passerby. There …

From Our Rabbi: Approaching Liberation

Last week, I wrote about the spirituality of melting down – that so much about our first responses to the corona crisis, and what’s been familiar about …

Re-Dedication: Mine and Yours

The Chanukkah we know – the Festival of Lights – comes from the word chanukkah that has two meanings. One is learning or instruction (chinukh). The other …

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