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November 7, 2016
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Shabbat Across Beth Mordecai – November 18th, 2016

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July 1, 2016
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DAY 1461: It’s My Fault There’s No Fireworks Tonight

Dear Hevreh, It's my fault that fireworks are not happening tonight. One of the organizers asked me to pray that rain would not fall tonight, and though I did offer a prayer, it didn't help; the weather forecast is too inclement for the fireworks to happen tonight. They've been rescheduled for tomorrow and I hope the organizer doesn't ask me to offer a prayer for those fireworks - I don't want it to backfire. Before you write me a note saying "to not take your prayers so seriously" or that "you really didn't cause this," just know that I wrote the previous paragraph with the proverbial tongue in my cheek. I recognize that prayer doesn't necessarily work in that way we most[...]

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May 6, 2016
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DAY 1406: Dialoguing with Torah

Reflection on this Shabbat Morning's Torah Talk with a special kiddush sponsored by Harriet Pearlman who is moving to Minnesota to be closer to family.. תלמוד תורה כנגד כולם Talmud Torah k'neged kulam The Study of Torah is greater than everything else (Mishnah Peah 1:1) Dear Hevreh, We yearn for our actions to be purposeful, efficient, and relevant, to take advantage of every second we have in this world because there are too few to spare. It may be ironic then that the study of ancient Jewish texts is perhaps, as the quote above teaches us, the most important thing we can do as Jews, yet on the surface, studying Jewish texts is an inefficient, laborious, task to delve into topics[...]

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April 15, 2016
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DAY 1385: Alertness is the Hidden Discipline of Familiarity

Reflecting on an On Being podcast featuring David Whyte... "Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity" - in "Everything is Waiting for You" by David Whyte Dear Hevreh, Imagine that noise has disappeared. You sit or stand without the reverberations of the world around you. Are you scared, elated, or confused by the weight of silence? We must imagine a world full of silence because our lives are not silent; they are a messy mixture of noise and actions. And even when there are opportunities to be still, we cannot. We mindlessly click on our phones when nothing else is going on, reflexively hoping to fill that silence some useful action. Yet what if we can find a way[...]

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January 28, 2016
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DAY 1305: Shabbatapalooza — An Awesome Experience

The folliowing is the first of three journal entries previewing this weekend's Shabbatapalooza activities... Dear Hevreh, The other day during a break in the action of a local hockey game, I mentioned to our esteemed Executive Director Elliot Rubin that no matter what we do at the shul to "jazz" up services, nothing can beat the awe, the drama, the magnitude of a major sporting event. I mean, have you ever heard the deafening sound of a horn blown at a hockey game? It can't even compare. Since then I've been thinking about the ways in which our senses are overwhelmed, enraptured, and awed by our experiences. And then I came across this video from the very interesting, modern philosopher Jason Silva.[...]

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January 21, 2016
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DAY 1300 — The Joy of Skipping from Shul to Shul, from Home to Home

Reflection on last week's Friday night service and this week's upcoming storm... "דומה דודי לצבי" (שיר השירים ב:ט), מה צבי זה מדלג מהר להר מבקעה לבקעה מאילן לאילן ומסוכה לסוכה מגדר לגדר, כך הקב"ה מקפץ מבית הכנסת זה לבית הכנסת זה מבית מדרש זה לבית מדרש זה. כל כך למה? כדי לברך ישראל. - שיר השירים רבה פרשה ב "My beloved is like a gazelle" (Song of Songs 2:9), Just as a gazelle skips from mountain to mountain, valley to valley, tree to tree, and dwelling to dwelling, fence to fence, so too the Holy One Blessed Be He skips from this synagogue to that synagogue, from this house of study to that house of study. Why? In order to bless Israel. - Song[...]

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December 20, 2015
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DAY 1268: Shabbat of Shalom

(12/20/15), Reflection on Friday night's White Out Shabbat with the theme of "Peacefulness"... Dear Hevreh, Peacefulness is not a state of being, it's not a place in which we feel "at peace." Rather peacefulness is a mentality, a willingness to put our minds, bodies, and souls in the right position to feel at peace. This doesn't just happen. It's not like there's a simple breath meditation that will blow down the walls of anxiety that make us feel restless, full of worry, and concern. However through each breath meditation, each song we sing together, each conversation we have about trying to bring peace into our lives, the more likely we make peace possible. God is called oseh shalom, the maker of peace, but[...]

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October 16, 2015
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DAY 1203: Let Us Never Forget Thee O Jerusalem

"אם אשכחך ירושלים תשכח ימיני" -- טעם ימיני בעבור כנורותינו כי בימין נגון היתרים  - אברהם אבן עזרא על תהילים קלז:ה "If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither" -- The meaning of "right hand" has to do with [playing] our violins (or musical instruments) because you use your right hand to play the strings - Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra (12th Century, Spain) on Psalms 137:5   Dear Hevreh, If you've ever been to Jerusalem, you'll notice that there's music always in the air. It's not the kind you hear on the radio or in a beautiful sanctuary, but the kind you hear within your soul. It's music that's been playing since the moment God saved Isaac on the top of Mt. Moriah,[...]

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September 18, 2015
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Rosh Hashanah 2015/5776 — Listen Today!

ROSH HASHANAH SERVICE - You can listen to all of the wonderful prayers, teachings, and speeches from our Rosh Hashanah experience. We won't judge if you dance or clap along at home ;-)...- ROSH HASHANAH EVENING   Welcome and Barchu (Rabbi Ari Saks & Cantor Bronwen Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Welcome-and-Barchu.wav"][/audio]   Blessings before the Shema (Cantor Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Blessings-before-the-Shema.wav"][/audio]   Shema (Cantor Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Shema.wav"][/audio]   Kavannah -- Intention on Confidence (Rabbi Saks) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Kavannah-Intention-on-Confidence.wav"][/audio]   Mi Khamokhah -- "Who Is Like You, O God!" (Cantor Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Mi-Chamocha.wav"][/audio]   Hashkivenu -- "Help us lie down" (Cantor Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Hashkivenu-Shelter-of-Peace.wav"][/audio]   Tiku Vachodesh Shofar -- "Blow the Horn" (Cantor Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Tiku-Vachodesh-Shofar.wav"][/audio]   Hatzi Kaddish (Cantor Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Hatzi-Kaddish.wav"][/audio]   Achat Shealti -- "Only One Thing I Ask -- (soft tune while finishing the Amidah by Cantor Mullin) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Achat-Shealti-soft-tune-while-finishing-the-Amidah.wav"][/audio]   Teaching -- Last Tune Up of the Preseason (Rabbi Saks) [audio wav="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Evening-Teaching-Last-Tune-Up-of-the-Preseason.wav"][/audio]   Kaddish Shalem[...]

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September 17, 2015
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Rosh Hashanah 2015/5776 — Teaching on Shabbat: Repetition and Ki L’Olam Hasdo (Cantor Bronwen Mullin)

Hear Cantor Bronwen Mullin's beautiful description of the Jewish love for repetition and an example of that kind of repetition in prayer with Ki L'olam Hasdo (God's Love Endures Forever). Teaching on Shabbat: Repetition [audio m4a="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Day-2-Teaching-Shabbat-Repetition.m4a"][/audio]   Ki L'Olam Hasdo [audio m4a="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rosh-Hashanah-Day-2-Ki-LeOlam-Hasdo.m4a"][/audio]   CLICK HERE TO Listen to ALL of the great teachings, prayers, sermons, and speeches from Rosh Hashanah 2015/5776

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