Month: September 2017

Article Published in Kol HaBirah: “Hearing in the New Year” – Sept 2017

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Hearing in the New Year

I am fascinated by the spirituality of hearing. Hearing requires an intrinsic connection between the source of the sound and the one who hears. The dynamics of hearing are emphasized throughout the Tanach, Talmud, and our liturgy. It focuses on us hearing G-d and each other, as well as G-d listening to us. Ultimately, our acts of listening and responding will bring redemption.

The most famous instance of hearing is the Shema prayer: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our G-d, the Lord is One” (Deuteronomy 6:4). The Israelites are being told to hear our core doxology — G-d’s oneness.

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Israeli Hope, A Speech by President Rivlin


Beth El’s congregational theme for 5778 is Israel.

This speech by the President of Israel in 2015 lays out some of the complex internal challenges Israelis must face moving forward.  Looking inward, he lays out the diverse pulls from different streams of Israel’s citizens – secular, modern orthodox Jewish, ultra orthodox Jewish and Arab citizens both Muslim and Christian.

Of course there are significant external threats to Israel as well which will be explored in other forum this year.

This speech will prompt our discussion for the Yom Kippur afternoon session.

Click here: Israeli Hope by Pres. Reuven Rivlin