Posts by Shira Wallach

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Secrets to a Meaningful and Fun Seder

by Shira Wallach

Things I hear this time of year: “I lead our seder, and I’m bored.” “I don’t know how to create a seder for all of the different participants.” “What is there at the seder for the adults? It’s all kiddie stuff!” “How can I get my kids to stay at the table longer than 5 […]

Building Sacred Partnerships

by Shira Wallach

On Monday, Rabbi Roffman and I had the great privilege of addressing the middle school students at Levine Academy as part of their exploration of Jewish values and sexuality. This is the second year running that we’ve led conversations about what Judaism tells us about how to approach our relationships with other people—whether romantic or […]

Reflections on the Unlocking Jewish Wonder Summit

by Shira Wallach

Reflections compiled by Rabbi Shira Wallach Karina Zilberman’s visit to Dallas sparked important conversations. Through many different presentations of the Shababa Approach, she helped us think about how we can embrace and celebrate the wonder and connection in each moment. In the March edition of the Shofar, you’ll see several reflections of the weekend; here […]

Unlocking Jewish Wonder Summit

by Shira Wallach

by Rabbi Shira Wallach Greetings from the Pearlstone Center! This week, Rabbis Sunshine, Roffman, and I are attending the Rabbinic Training Institute (RTI), an annual conference for Conservative rabbis to connect, learn, and support one another. We can’t wait to come home and tell you all about it!  I’m writing to let you know of […]