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May 25, 2016
By bethmordecai
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DAY 1425: The Mitzvah of Smiling

Reflection on this weekend's Scholar in Residence Weekend -- From Being Jewish to Doing Jewish: Deepening Our Jewish Identities מָֽה־אָשִׁ֥יב לַיהוָ֑ה כָּֽל־תַּגְמוּל֥וֹהִי עָלָֽי׃ How can I repay unto the LORD All His bountiful dealings toward me? (Psalm 116:12) Dear Hevreh, Smiling. It's one of the most important things we can do, but also one of the hardest. We smile when we're happy, laughing, and enjoying our experience, but too often we walk into life's moments with a skeptic's frown; we demand that others impress us before rewarding them with a smile of acceptance. As a rabbi looking out at a congregation on Shabbat morning or during the holidays, the task of turning a skeptic's frown into a believer's smile can be daunting. If[...]

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July 16, 2012
By bethmordecai
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DAY 16: Reflection on a Special Night

Dear Hevreh, Friday was a special night for me.  Not only did it mark the first program I organized as your rabbi (with immeasurable help from many members of our community), but it also marked the moment I realized just how lucky I am to be your rabbi.  There I was, standing in front of a hevreh of 40+ people, as Rabbi Zalma put her arms on my shoulders to bless me and bless our congregation with a bright future.  Thinking back on that moment, I can't help but think... How lucky am I to have a colleague and friend who would give me such a blessing as she says goodbye to a congregation she's called home for the past six years. How lucky[...]

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