Are you a synagogue or what? Yes and no and kinda. Words like “synagogue” can feel constraining, and we want to think expansively about what Jewish life can be… so we think of ourselves as a spiritual community, and let the experience define itself.
“Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.”–Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “On Prayer”
We are all searching for something. What’s your thing?
What Plagues Us, What Liberates Us? – Rabbi Sharon Brous
March 27th, 2020 — Shabbat Vayikra
The first Seder was held before our ancestors left Egypt, amidst great fear and uncertainty, surrounded by human suffering. This year, too, we’re more aware than before of our vulnerability, of the preciousness and precariousness of life. And we’ll find a way to celebrate anyway. Two plagues—the 9th and 10th (darkness and the death of the firstborn)– give voice to what’s being taken from us and what’s given to us today as we work to rediscover hope in this profoundly disorienting moment.