Podcast Episode 5: Reeds in the Wilderness

https://soundcloud.com/anna-federline-347112250/reeds-in-the-wilderness

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Podcast Episode 4: When the Wild Things Grow

https://soundcloud.com/anna-federline-347112250/when-the-wild-things-grow

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Podcast Episode 3: We, the Circle Makers

https://soundcloud.com/anna-federline-347112250/we-the-circle-makers Rabbi Katie Bauman - Friday, May 8, 2020

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Podcast Episode 2: Acts of Love

https://soundcloud.com/anna-federline-347112250/acts-of-love-rabbi-todd-silverman Rabbi Todd Silverman - Friday, May 1, 2020

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…Different Than All Others?

At the start of last Sunday's 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Religious School gathering, we marked the end of one week and the start of another by celebrating Havdalah together. That short, four-blessing-long ceremony formally closed out Shabbat and also -- by igniting our senses of taste, smell, sight, and hearing -- pushed us to consider the new opportunities and obligations of the coming week.But recognizing the distinction between one week (or day, or month) and the next has, lately, been a struggle for a lot of us. In times like these, many are quick to wonder, "Will ...

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What Strange Fires Illuminate for Us

Our Jewish tradition is a rejection of the mindset that some human beings are expendable. The work we have to do to create more equity in our society is bigger than any one of us, as this pandemic has laid bare. But it has also demonstrated that such work cannot be done without any one of us.  The whole House of Israel must weep for the extreme loss of life amongst our African American neighbors. And may our tears and pain and discomfort be the lens through which we view the choices we make every moment henceforth. https://soundcloud.com/anna-federline-347112250/ra...

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A New Hashkiveinu

The Hashkiveinu prayer is constantly on my mind these days, and it resonates for me greatly in these trying times. "Grant, O God, that we lie down in peace, and raise us up, our Guardian, to life renewed. Spread over us the shelter of Your peace." In response to the current pandemic, Shoshana Yavneh Shattenkirk composed this breathtakingly beautiful setting of the Hashkiveinu prayer. She is the daughter of Touro board member Naomi Yavneh Klos.

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Mayor Cantrell’s Day of Prayer: Rabbi Bauman offers a Prayer for the City Of New Orleans

https://www.facebook.com/mayorcantrell/videos/545983999434685/

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WWNO: Faith in the Time of the Coronavirus

Reflections on this holiday season and how it makes our symbols and practices deeper and more resonant. https://www.wwno.org/post/across-city-and-across-religions-new-orleans-keeps-faith-time-coronavirus

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Nourish the Body, Nourish the Soul

At our Pesach seders this week, we heard, at the start of the Magid section, the recitation of Ha Lachma Anya — a declaration of welcoming to those who are in need of sustenance. * * * הָא לַחְמָא עַנְיָא דִי אֲכָלוּ אַבְהָתָנָא בְּאַרְעָא דְמִצְרָיִם. כָּל דִכְפִין יֵיתֵי וְיֵיכֹל, כָּל דִצְרִיךְ יֵיתֵי וְיִפְסַח. הָשַׁתָּא הָכָא, לְשָׁנָה הַבָּאָה בְּאַרְעָא דְיִשְׂרָאֵל. הָשַׁתָּא עַב...

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