Rabbi Shira Wallach

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Building a World with both Din and Rachamim

by Julie Carpenter

Rosh Hashanah 5779 This summer, Adam and I went to see the new documentary on Mr. Rogers: Won’t you be my neighbor? If you’re not familiar with Mr. Rogers, he was the creator, writer, and producer of the magical television show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood that he introduced to his local TV station as a countercultural […]

Opening our Doors Wide

by Ari Sunshine

Dear Friends, We hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.  It’s hard to believe that we are already gearing up for the High Holidays and another packed and exciting year here at Shearith Israel. As we reconvene in these coming days and weeks, we want to share with you a few important changes in our […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

There’s Jewish self-deprecating humor …

by Julie Carpenter

…And there’s Jewish self-deprecating humor. by Rabbi Shira Wallach One kind was broadcast across our country on Saturday Night Live last weekend: Larry David, known for his penchant for shock and his disdain at his religious identity, took a swing at two of the most offensive ideas in our cultural lexicon: sexual harassment and the […]

Finding an Equal Space for Women of Torah

by Julie Carpenter

by Rabbi Shira Wallach As a Conservative Jew, a woman, and a rabbi, I tend to look for spaces in Judaism in which gender doesn’t matter. I seek spaces in which one feels valued for their soul, for their intellect, for their curiosity, for their earnestness. And most of the time, when I can create […]