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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 […]

Lo tov heyot adam levado: It is not good for man to be alone

by Adam Roffman

Rosh Hashanah 5779 Remember Eleanor Rigby? Eleanor Rigby who picked up the rice in a church where a wedding has been. She lived in a dream. She waited at her window, wearing a face That she kept in a jar by the door? But who was it for? If you remember Eleanor Rigby, you probably […]

Time is of the Essence: But What Kind of Time?

by Ari Sunshine

Rosh Hashanah 5779/2018 Sermon (with thanks to my teacher Micah Goodman at the Shalom Hartman Institute for his inspiration!) A man had been driving all night and by morning was still far from his destination. He decided to stop at the next city he came to and park somewhere quiet so he could get an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]