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  • 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
  • Picket Fences (Rabbi Shalhevet)
    A television series titled, Picket Fences ran on CBS from 1992 -1996. I am dating myself for sure, but it’s worth it. David E. Kelly, producer and writer of Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, The Practice and others also created this one. Mr. Kelly writes wonderful dialogue withSeptember 1, 2018
  • Descartes, Rambam, Science and God (Cantor Cotler)
    We find ourselves living in a time rife with scientific conflict. It seems that there are camps that believe in global warming or do not. There are those who believe in vaccinations, and those who find them to be ineffective, or even dangerous. As we approach our most austere, contemplative timeSeptember 1, 2018
  • L’Shanah Tovah from Scott Fisher, NSS President
    Dear Fellow Congregants, I hope during this High Holy Day season of self-reflection, renewal and new beginnings, this letter finds you and your family well. As I pause for personal self-reflection on my first year as president and the many simchas we celebrated and challenges we faced together, ISeptember 1, 2018