Glossary of Words and Terms for Jewish Living
December 15, 2017 by urjnetworkadmin • Interfaith Family Resources
Judaism is more than just a religion: it’s a culture, a language, a way of life. And, integrated fully into these Jewish traditions are unique words and sayings. Though words may have different roots or origins (Hebrew, Yiddish, German), their meanings are universal throughout the Jewish community. This glossary introduces some of the more common […]
Morning and Bedtime Rituals for Children
December 15, 2017 by urjnetworkadmin • Blessings
From the Union’s publications, Wake-Up Rituals: Crafting Jewish Tradition for Young Childrenand Jewish Bedtime Ritualsproduced by the Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning. UPON WAKING Modeh Ani is the traditional prayer to be said by children. Hold your child in a chair or sit on the bed with them, and share a special moment of […]
Let’s be like Avraham and Sarah and change the world one person at a time.
November 4, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
You only get one opportunity to make a first impression.
October 26, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
After months of planning and design, this week we finally unveiled the new BRS website – www.brsonline.org We are very proud of its great features including a FAQ section for people who live here, those looking to move and those visiting. We have videos, podcasts, a blog, photo galleries, and much more. We have also […]
We are a people only because of the book
October 19, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
Imagine the following scene playing out on CSPAN: On a specific day of the year, the Supreme Court justices together with the member of Congress take copies of the United States Constitution and dance around the floor of the House of Representatives while singing, clapping and lifting the law books high in the air. With […]
I must admit, I am confounded and conflicted in my emotions.
October 11, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
Zman simchaseinu, Sukkos as a time of great joy, took on a whole new meaning this year with the announcement that Gilad Shalit will be released in the next few days. After 5 years languishing in a Hamas dungeon in an undisclosed location with absolutely no visits or contact from family, the people of Israel […]
True greatness is not the ability to obey your thirst, it is the capacity to resist your thirst.
October 7, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
We are living in a time and culture that promote happiness, satisfaction and indulgence. Indeed, we are regularly inundated with messages and marketing such as “obey your thirst,” and “just do it.” In that context it is particularly difficult and onerous to observe a fast and to resist the temptation for food and water for […]
We should be focused on lifting ourselves up instead of knocking ourselves down.
September 29, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
This week, I received an email from one of the many Jewish organizations who have me on their list. The subject line was the usual Rosh Hashana salutation and well wishes. Indeed, the email began in the familiar fashion – “as the year comes to a close, it is natural for each of us to […]
It’s not too late to get ready.
September 24, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
On Thursday morning, together with close to 900 others Rabbis from across denominations, I participated in a pre-Rosh Hashana conference call with the President. As the operator of the call made introductory remarks, I was reminded of a great insight my colleague and good friend, Rabbi Gibber shared with me following last year’s call of […]
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