Shabbat Table Talk

Double Darkness

One of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic is the social isolation it causes, especially for the elderly and more vulnerable populations who need to cloister themselves away from even close family and friends. We take so much of life for granted, until we can’t have it anymore, such as…

Stressed: Parshat Vaera

You are out with your close friend and confidante, and you are seeking advice and company, but she is MIA. She is not on her phone; she just is not hearing you. She is responding to you but you recognize that she is just not fully there. What is distracting her? Why isn’t she being present …

Looking for a Leader

If you were starting up a synagogue and wanted to hire a rabbi, what would be some of the characteristics you would look for? Certainly, you would seek a person with a stellar Jewish education, it could be a plus if the rabbi’s spouse would bring enriching Jewish experiences to the communi…

To Live Forever

When we are younger, we behave as if we will live forever. When we get older and reckon with our mortality, we approach time a lot more carefully and appreciate the preciousness of life. Death is something that makes us uncomfortable. Many avoid speaking about it and associate it with sadnes…

Collateral Impact

Part of daily life is interacting with people. We interact by phone, email, text, and in person. Hopefully, we choose our words carefully before we share them so that they are well-received. But, do we consider how our words impact other people associated with the person we are communicating…