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Rabbi Rader’s Taste of Torah

October / November 2017
Hebrew month of Cheshvan – Shabbat Silence

Think & Discuss:

How do we talk without speaking? How do we hear without listening?
What does it mean to bow and pray to neon gods?
Why is silence valuable?
How can Shabbat be a time to connect face to face with family and friends?
What are some times you find it important to put down technology and connect with people?

JEWISH TEXT:

לְכָה דוֹדִי לִקְרַאת כַּלָּה, פְּנֵי שַׁבָּת נְקַבְּלָה.

Lcha dodi likrat kalah, pnei Shabbat n’kablah
Come my beloved to meet the bride, let us welcome the presence of Shabbat.
(From the Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service)

Shabbat is compared to a bride. What message does this teach us about the value of Shabbat?

Rabbi Rader’s Taste of Torah

September / October 2017
Hebrew month of Tishrei – Jewish Pride

Think & Discuss:

What Jewish symbols do you see in this video?
Do you wear Jewish symbols – Star of David, Mezuzah, Hebrew names jewelry?
Why or why not?
Are there situations where you wouldn’t feel comfortable saying you’re Jewish?
Are there aspects of being Jewish of which you are not proud?
Is there a difference between the terms Jew, Israelite and Hebrew? Which one do you most identify with and why?

JEWISH TEXT:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁעָשַֽׂנִי יִשְרָאֵל

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam, she’asani Yisrael.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, who created me as a Jew (Israelite).
(From the prayerbook, morning service)

This prayer comes from our morning list of blessings in which we thank God for the every day gifts of our lives. In what ways is being a Jew a blessing to you?

Rabbi Rader’s Taste of Torah

August / September 2017
Hebrew month of Elul – Making Peace

Think & Discuss:

What does it mean to be a “living sanctuary”?
What does love prepare us for?
What are some places you feel holiness?
How can we bring holiness out of the sanctuary and into our daily interactions?
How is making peace – oseh shalom – related to being a “living sanctuary”?

JEWISH TEXT:

עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו, הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵֽינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן.

Oseh shalom bimromav hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu v’al kol Yisrael v’imru Amen.
God who makes peace in the heavens will make peace amongst us and all of Israel.
We say, Amen.
(From the prayerbook)

This prayer teaches us to that God makes peace in the heavens and on earth. How can we partner with God to make more peace on earth?

Rabbi Rader’s Taste of Torah

August 2017
Hebrew month of Av – Doing Good

Think & Discuss:

What motivated the man in the video to do good?
Can you do good without expecting thanks or acknowledgement?
What are some small things that make a difference in your life?
Why is it tempting to take small things for granted?

JEWISH TEXT:

Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor, v’lo atah ben chorin l’hibatel mimena.
You are not expected to complete the task but neither are you free to avoid it.
Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:21

How is the man in the video an example of this Jewish teaching?