Posts from 2018

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Judgment with Mercy

by Shira Wallach

We have arrived—the month of Elul is upon us—and we are single-mindedly devoted to the project of teshuva, repentance. As we count down the days until the New Year, we try to imagine the great divine scale that holds all of our deeds, and we wonder if our best efforts and intentions will translate when […]

My Jewish Life in Israel and Dallas

by Julie Carpenter

by Emily Cobert       I returned to the United States at the end of May from studying abroad in Israel. Part of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s (JTS) rabbinical school curriculum includes sending second year students to study in Israel for the year. This was my third time going to Israel, but it was […]

Why Am I A Member?

by Julie Carpenter

At the 133rd Annual Meeting Shearith Israel Members were asked to answer this simple question, Why Am I a Member? Responses were funny, heartfelt, emotional and showed the breadth of commitment to our community. Here are a few:  When my wife and I moved to Dallas in 1986, I went shul shopping.  I went to Orthodox, […]

20/20 Eurovision

by Shira Wallach

I always hold my breath these days when I see Israel playing on the world stage. I worry that her actions will be taken out of context, or that I’ll see evidence of growing anti-Israel sentiment coloring the media’s ability to report objectively. And then, I’ll worry about the backlash among fringe groups, which then […]

Turn it, and turn it again 25 years later

by Adam Roffman

Do you remember what your Rabbi said to you on the day you became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? My guess is, probably not. I sure didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I wasn’t listening. I had (have!) a tremendous amount of respect for the now Rabbi Emeritus of our large suburban synagogue […]

Jerusalem: Heavenly and Earthly

by Ari Sunshine

The Talmud in tractate Ta’anit 5a speaks of “Yerushalayim shel ma’alah” (the heavenly Jerusalem) and “Yerushalayim shel matah” (the lower, or earthly, Jerusalem), when Rabbi Yohanan explains that God won’t enter the heavenly Jerusalem until first entering the earthly Jerusalem.  This teaching from a third century C.E. rabbi is probably one of the first attempts […]

Host an Israeli Scout

by Julie Carpenter

Host families needed for Israeli Scouts from the Tzofim Friendship Caravan. The Scouts will be in Dallas from June 28-July 6. Hosting is a wonderful opportunity for your children to learn about Israel, build long-lasting relationships and have friends to visit when they travel to Israel for their teen tour!Hosts still needed for one girl […]

How do You Hear God’s Voice?

by Shira Wallach

“I hear God’s voice by simply closing my eyes and concentrating on God. It is very simple, but I can hear God very clearly.” “I believe I can hear God’s voice when I might feel upset and down. Maybe something is going on in my life and I just need some advice. Right then, God […]

Mailbag: Ask the Rabbi

by Julie Carpenter

  Q: Rabbi, I’ve always wondered why, when we light Shabbat or Jewish holiday candles, we cover our eyes while we’re reciting the blessing.  Is that just like covering our eyes when we recite the Shema during the morning and evening service every day?   A:  Great question.  We actually cover our eyes for different […]

Confessions of a Reluctant Beard-Grower

by Adam Roffman

Every year, around this time, when I run into someone I haven’t seen in a few weeks, I am greeted with the same five words. “Rabbi, I like the beard!” It takes quite a bit of restraint not to reply, “Thanks, but I hate it!” It’s true, though.  Facial hair is not my thing.  It’s […]