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Rabbi Leder's Shabbat Message: May 22, 2020

We are all—impermanent. Those boulders, all that sand, the essentialism of the landscape--muted browns, sages and grays--makes me feel small in comparison to the vast eternality and greatness of God’s creation.

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Rabbi Leder's Shabbat Message: March 20, 2020

This is the opportunity Shabbat brings to us each week; simply to be together now, in this moment; to suspend and transcend our fear of the future, to remember that this surreal period of life in which we all find ourselves right now is much like gold and can be used for purposes foolish or sacred.

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Rabbi Leder's Shabbat Message: March 27, 2020

Last night we began a new month of the Hebrew calendar, the month of Nisan in which we celebrate Passover; the festival of freedom from all that is narrow and dark, frightening and oppressive.

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Rabbi Leder's Shabbat Message: April 10, 2020

May we all be more grateful for these seemingly small things in the future, especially for each other. Because when it comes right down to it, the Talmud was right, sometimes little things make all the difference in life.

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Rabbi Leder's Shabbat Message: April 17, 2020

I think the Torah mandating more food restrictions as soon as Passover ends is a not so subtle reminder to hold on to the heightened consciousness we felt at our Seders, especially this year.

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Rabbi Leder's Shabbat Message: April 24, 2020

Plagues and disease are nothing new to the Jewish people. In fact, that’s nearly the entire subject matter of this week’s Torah reading. Allow me three separate but related observations based on the text. 

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Rabbi Leder's Shabbat Message: May 8, 2020

So this week, a reminder of our Yom Kippur promises we still have time to keep. And like every week, Shabbat--a reminder of life above the fray, our homes filled with candle light, warm bread, wine and the ones we love.

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