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Henry Glazer
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Grateful for the Good  A pivotal word that appears six times in chapter 6, verses 10-25 in the Book of Deuteronomy, is “TOV”-טוב-good-in various forms, as a noun and as a verb. The one reference that struck me as particularly significant was that verse in w...
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   Grateful for the message of Aaron the high priest On Shabbat, our family  makes use of a simple device to enhance the spiritual nature of the day. At the shabbat table, each participant blindly selects two “Angel Cards” and discusses their relevance to h...
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Grateful for a silent retreat- Psalm 23-A psalm of friendship I have only recently returned from a 5 day long silent meditation retreat sponsored by the Jewish Spirituality Institute.The following represents the result of one important insight I arrived at ...
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Grateful for Yizkor-Reflections on   “The Lord is my Shepherd” Yizkor is a sad time; but as an opportunity for reflection it can be transformed into a moment of understanding and insight. Because I had read the 23rd Psalm  most often in English in the cours...
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Grateful for the challenge of the heart on Succoth A well-known Midrash analogizes the four species of vegetation taken in hand on Succoth to four parts of the human anatomy. “.......the spine of the lulav can be compared to the human spine, the hadas-the m...
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Grateful for the Soul-Post Yom Kippur On Yom Kippur, I spoke about the soul. After all, the Day of Atonement is the most spiritual of all Jewish days.The concept of soul is most difficult to wrap one’s mind around. Soul suggests the abstract, the intangible...
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Grateful for Rosh Hashanah as a festival of Freedom Commonly, the Festival of Freedom in Jewish life is Passover! Yet,I maintain, that freedom is at the heart of Rosh Ha shanah as well.  How do we arrive at this conclusion ? After all, Rosh Hashanah is refe...
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Grateful for Time-The gift of a New Year A man was leisurely looking up at the clouds and identifying various shapes. This led him to talk to God. “God,” he said, “how long is a million years?” God answered,”In my frame of reference, it’s about a minute.” T...
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Grateful for  the challenge of Yom Kippur- Fasting or Responding- “אך בעשור לחדש השביעי יום הכפורים הוא......ועניתם את נפשותיכם” “Mark, the tenth day of this seventh month, is the Day of Atonement....you shall practise self-denial (you shall fast)”  (Leviti...
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Grateful for  the capacity to transcend the legal and reach the realm of  the indeterminate  goodness and justice “ Be sure to keep the commandments, decrees, and laws that the Lord your God has enjoined upon you; Do what is right and good in the sight of t...
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