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  • Change is Hard (Rabbi Shalhevet)
    M y favorite biblical book, the Song of Songs, states, “Arise my love, my fair one, and come away. For now the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The blossoms have appeared in the land, the time of pruning has come.” At first glance, this love poem speaks of a beautifulJune 26, 2019
  • Responding to Another Tragic Shooting
    My friends, here we are again. Another tragic shooting at yet another house of worship. It was ours again. 6 months ago it was Jews in Pittsburgh. 1 and a half months ago, it was Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. 6 days ago, it was Christians in Colombo, Sri Lanka. And now it’s us again.May 1, 2019
  • A trip, a vacation, or a pilgrimage? (Rabbi Shalhevet)
    A trip, a vacation, or a pilgrimage? That is often the question posed when traveling to Israel. And when North Shore Synagogue and Temple Beth Emeth of Mount Sinai took a co-synagogue Israel trip this past February, we answered that question. A pilgrimage can certainly be seen in a spiritual sense,April 18, 2019
  • Silence (Rabbi Maimin)
    When was the last time you sat in silence? The last time you simply sat somewhere, and didn’t pull out your phone, didn’t turn on the tv, didn’t turn on the radio or a podcast, didn’t call a friend or family member to talk? The last time you listened to the world around you, toApril 18, 2019
  • Not Just an Ad Slogan (Rabbi Shalhevet)
    I saw an advertisement in the newspaper for a bank. It began with a quote from a credit specialist at the bank saying, “We want our customers to feel like we care about them, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to help them feel that way.” Wait, what? THIS was an ad thatJanuary 8, 2019
  • What’s Your Reminder? (Rabbi Maimin)
    The other morning, I woke up, went about my daily routine, finally got out the front door, took the elevator down to the garage and got in my car. It wasn’t until I was pulling out onto the crowded street that I even realized something was missing. My FitBit, which I have worn on myJanuary 6, 2019
  • Four New Year’s Days (Cantor Cotler)
    With the glow of the Chanukkah candles fading and the fireworks of the New Year dimming, we look towards 2019 with hope and the possibility for renewal. And yet, what is a new year beyond a date which lines up with a solar or religious calendar? One could argue that a new year is notJanuary 4, 2019
  • The Miracles of Every Day
    Judaism stresses the importance of giving. We are taught to tithe, to give a percentage of our earnings whether monetary or material, to those less fortunate than ourselves. We are taught to give of our time and volunteer for worthy causes. Every one of these instances of giving involves sacrifice.November 22, 2018
  • Tragedy in Pittsburgh
    Dear North Shore Synagogue Family, Hamakom yenakhem etekhem betokh shaar avelay tziyon v’Yirushalayim. May God comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. This traditional line we recite as mourners come into our midst is a line today permeating the entire Jewish world. Together weOctober 30, 2018
  • Being Alone With God (Rabbi Maimin)
    This month, we find ourselves once again at the beginning of the Torah, our sacred story. Again, this year, we re-encounter our origin stories: Creation, Adam and Eve, the Great Flood, the Tower of Babel. After the world has been created, and destroyed, and then repopulated, we arrive at theOctober 5, 2018