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Diane Rose

100 Things to be Thankful For – A Thanksgiving Post

Diane Rose


Judaism is a tradition of gratitude.

It is said, in Jewish practice, that we should say 100 blessings each day.  Jewish structure helps us reach that goal by providing blessings for when we wake, when we eat, when we pray, when we see beauty, light candles, wash our hands, drink wine... just about everything. Any child who gets a little Jewish education learns at least a few of these blessings, but rarely is it...Read more...

SAY THE SHEMA WHEN (NOT IF) YOU VOTE

Rabbi Diane

In the Jewish prayer book, morning and evening, we have a love trio.  The first part — Ahavat Olam or Ahavah Rabah — is about an everlasting and abundant love that surrounds us and is ours to access.  The last statement— the V’ahavta— reminds us to teach and act with love in all we do and see, when we are home and when we are away.  Sandwiched in between those two elements is the Shema. The Shema is open to lots of...Read more...

Thoughts on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting, Welcoming the Stranger, and Voting for Peace

Last weekend in Pittsburgh, people entered the Tree of Life synagogue to hear Parshat Vayera: the portion in which Abraham teaches us to welcome the stranger. The Torah portion in which Abraham is prepared to sacrifice his son, and an angel of God stops him.

This Torah portion tells us that life is above all. No murder. No sacrificing. Break all the rules, every rule, in order to save a life, even if the “voices” you hear...Read more...

Newton's Law and the Binding of Isaac

Diane Rose

The story we read on Rosh Hashanah morning, the story of the binding of Isaac, just came and went in our annual Torah cycle, so I wanted to share the sermon I gave Rosh Hashanah morning for those that missed it. After all, isn’t every day a potential New Year? It’s up to us to choose today as the first day of the rest of our lives and call it day 1.

Enjoy!

It was supposed to be an ideal trip. 10 days, mostly unplugged and...Read more...

LIBERAL JUDAISM IS (MOSTLY) MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

Diane Rose

COOL SHUL·THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2018

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There has been a fair amount of heat surrounding a recent cover article of the Jewish Journal, “Why Tikkun Olam Can’t Fix American Judaism,” and with good reason. Its author Gil Troy attacks liberal Judaism in which community is often based around tikkun olam action rather than around (as he describes them) “red lines.” He says, referring to the acceptance of...Read more...

Pass the Quinoa and Save the World

Diane Rose

With the recent dire news about the delicate balance of our planet’s ecosystem and the human impact upon it, many of us (including me) are in a bit of a panic. I keep looking at my children, ages 10 and 16, and wondering if I have brought them into a doomed world. If you are like me, you feel like you have to do something… anything… to start helping this planet, even if it seems like a small gesture. We all already know we can buy...Read more...

Light My Fire

LIGHT MY FIRE

Sharing my sermon from last Shabbat…

If his book The Sabbath is a window into Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s thinking, I believe that if he were commenting on Parshat Emor (the portion for last Shabbat), he would say that it deals a lot with time and not so much with space.  In his book, he emphasizes Shabbat as a way to reflect on time, and worry less (or theoretically not at all) about our space...Read more...

GRATITUDE IS PRAYER

Diane Rose

With my students, we often talk about the possibilities of and many forms there are to what we might call prayer.  For most teens, there is no point to any of it, and we have extremely interesting conversations about whether or not there IS a point to prayer.

To give my students an example of when and why prayer can be important, I often tell them about when my father was dying.  Yes, I prayed, but what does one pray for...Read more...

Frequently Asked Jewish Questions - Answered the Cool Shul Way

Second Frequently Asked JewishQuestion:

Am I  a "Bad" Jew if I Eat Bacon?

Below are Rabbi Di's past blog posts.

You can see them all at www.rabbidiane.com

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THE SPIRITUALITY OF A KNOTTED BALL OF YARN

 

POSTED ON JULY 25, 2017

by "Rantor" (Rabbi/Cantor) Diane

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DANCE PARTNERS

 

Rabbi Diane Rose

Originally posted on the UJUC website at: http://ujuc.org/dance-partners/


Those of us who are part of progressive spiritual groups and participate in...Read more...

MISERABLE IN PARADISE

Diane Rose

POSTED ON JULY 13, 2017 by "Rantor" (Rabbi/Cantor) Diane

 

Hello readers!

First an apology for being gone for so long… end of year madness turned into a much needed vacation which turned into blogs written but not posted.  So, here is my first of three vacation inspired blogs. :)

Miserable in Paradise

Ok, I wasn’t really miserable, but “Kind of Down in Paradise”...Read more...

BE YOUR OWN BEST… (FILL IN THE BLANK)

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THE MAGIC IS IN THE MESS

 

So sorry I disappeared for awhile.  You’ll see why when you read this sermon which I shared at our Shabbat celebration Friday night…

 

I’m not going to give a Torah talk tonight, especially since many of you will be hearing a gorgeous sermon from our Bat-Mitzvah tomorrow.  I’m going to leave the Torah to her. But there is something that has been on my mind lately, and I thought I...Read more...

LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF MATZAH

Life is like bread.

Sometimes our lives feel like a crusty loaf of French baguette right out of the oven from a tiny bakery on the Ile Saint Louis…  inviting, warm, delicious, and just slightly exotic.  Maybe those baguette days take place at weddings or during vacations or even when we decide to spend the whole day in our pajamas watching movies and eating pizza.  Those are good days.

Sometimes...Read more...

I’M LISTENING, BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU.

A great Torah scholar was sitting in his home study, deeply engrossed in the portion of the week.  He was concentrating so completely, he didn’t hear the knock on his study door and didn’t notice that his father, another great Torah scholar, had entered the room. “Don’t you hear that the baby is crying?” asked the elder man.  His son, startled because he hadn’t heard him enter said, “I’m sorry,...Read more...

First Frequently Asked Jewish Question:

Can I be Jewish AND Have a Christmas Tree?

Check out the Cool Shul answer...

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