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Rachel Gurevitz
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Rabbi, Congregation B'nai Shalom, Westborough, MA
Rabbi, Congregation B'nai Shalom, Westborough, MA

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Wines for a Passover Meal, 2017 edition
Last Thursday, Congregation B'nai Shalom co-hosted our second 'Wines for a Passover Meal' kosher for Passover wine tasting at Julio's liquor store, Westborough. Their wine manager, Toni DeLuca, had kindly invited me to help choose the line-up in advance aga...

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#BlogElul 2: Act - Thinking about Mitzvot as a kind of technology
Every year, my colleague, Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, offers bloggers a shared list of themes that, if followed, allow for some neat collections of thought pieces or images (the #ElulGram) to be found throughout the web on the same theme on the same day. While I ...

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#BlogElul 1 5776: Who am I? What do I aspire to be?
creative commons; attribution 273C on deviantart.com Who am I? One of the most essential and yet perhaps most difficult of questions to answer. I can tell you where I was born. I can tell you about my family. I can tell you what I do for a living. I can tel...

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Kosher Wines for Passover: Not your Grandfather's Manischewitz!
Last week, I co-hosted a Kosher for Passover wine tasting at Julio's Liquors in Westborough. Julio's, for those not familiar with it, is not your typical liquor store. They hold several free tasting events a week, ranging from wine evenings, to whiskey, to ...

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#BlogElul 5775: When the music brings you home
Kol Nidre ... the anthem with which we begin Yom Kippur. We take the Torah scrolls out of the ark and they bear witness, as if a Jewish court of law - a Beit Din  - while we hear these ancient Aramaic words chanted.  What, precisely, do they say? Essentiall...

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#BlogElul 5775: Yizkor and Forgiveness
Photo by Roger Glenn Why do we have a Yizkor (memorial) service on Yom Kippur? It is clearly a ritual that has great meaning to many people. In most congregations it is one of the services of the holiest of days with the largest attendance. There's an histo...

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#BlogElul 2 5775: Hineni - Here I am
At the opening of the High Holy Day prayer services there is a traditional prayer leader's confession, Hineni which, in essence, is the prayer leader proclaiming their unworthiness to lead the congregation in prayer and asking God not to hold the community ...

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#BlogElul 5775: Let's get real
Speaking with a colleague the other night, I was hearing how it is not uncommon to hear from those training for the rabbinate that they struggle with liturgical prayer. While this does not surprise me, it may be something that surprises, and perhaps trouble...

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After death... Holiness - Reflections on the Parsha at the end of our CBS Israel Tour
Acharei mot - kedoshim - D'var Torah by Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz shared at Kehilat HaLev, Tel Aviv Note: the parshiot in Israel are not currently aligned with those in the Diaspora because Diaspora Jews who observed 8 days of Pesach had a Passover Torah readin...

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Israel Experience 6: Back to Tel Aviv
I got a little behind on describing our Israel experience, so this final travel review covers the last couple of days of the trip. We begin up in the Galilee with a couple of stops on our way to Tel Aviv. Our first stop of the day brought us to a very movin...
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