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February 1, 2017

(Prepared for the World Religions Conference February 1, 2017) 

Human suffering can be very private and personal, communal, national, regional or global.  It can be the result of devastating illness or accident, natural disaster, circumstance or human action. 

I will focus, for the moment, on the personal.  I have two friends, both of whom lost a 25 year old son.  One death was expected; t...

February 2, 2016

(Prepared for the World Religions Conference February 2, 2016) 

I just recently returned from a conference of Jewish Renewal Clergy held annually in Boulder, Colorado, the home of our founder, Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi of blessed memory.  Each year’s conference has a different them.  This year’s theme was Deep Ecumenism:  V’Chol Netivoteha Shalom.  V’Chol netivoteha shalom means “and all her pa...

November 29, 2014

(Prepared for the Women’s Annual Interfaith Symposium: World Peace, How Religion Helps November 29, 2014)

Shalom!  I think it’s the first Hebrew word I ever learned.  In kindergarten my Hebrew teacher would welcome us with shalom yeladim/welcome children.  On Shabbat/the sabbath we greet each other with Shabbat shalom/a peaceful sabbath.  We say shalom aleichem/peace be upon you when we wish p...

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