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Rabbi Elana Zelony

Shabbat: Oneg and Melachot

Throughout the centuries great sages have made sweeping statements about Shabbat like, “More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath the Sabbath has kept the Jews.” What exactly does it mean to keep the Sabbath, and more importantly how can keeping the Sabbath be a moving spiritual experience? There are two basic ways to mark […]

Beri Schwitzer

Enthusiasm to Make a Difference

Everyone should have heroes. I recently found out that I shared a birthday with one of my heroes, Hannah Senesh. Born on July 17, 1921, she was the talented daughter of distinguished and assimilated Hungarian Jewish parents. At the age of 13, Hannah began to write a diary and from it we learn much of […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Let All Who Are Thirsty

Have you ever watched a thirsty plant respond to the first rain after weeks of dryness? It turns a brighter green. Stalks and leaves magically straighten and strengthen.  Add just a little water and vibrancy blossoms. This is like our ancestor Abraham as he began a relationship with God. The prophet Isaiah teaches, “For I […]