Posts from 2018

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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 […]

Celebrating Israel at 70

by Shira Wallach

This morning during Hallel, I chanted one of the psalms to the tune of Shir LaShalom, the hauntingly beautiful melody that simultaneously captures the tragedy of loss and the stubborn optimism that are both central to the Israeli psyche. The lyrics cry out: “Let the sun rise, light up the morning, though the purest prayers […]

Out of the Strong Came Something Sweet

by Ari Sunshine

Yizkor 8th Day Pesach 5778 Last weekend we were able to celebrate our first Sedarim here in Dallas, hosting new friends and members of our Shearith community for both nights.  We enjoyed two warm, discussion and ruach (spirit)-filled evenings that both went late into the night.  It was a treat to be able to celebrate […]