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Why We Say What We Say

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 8:13 am
Posted by Mrs. Sara Esther Crispe

words from the heart.jpgIt’s often not what we do that makes the most impact, but why we do what we do. And even if our actions are correct, if the thoughts and feelings that motivate them are insincere, ultimately it will be felt by another, consciously or subconsciously.

This week we read the Torah portion of Noah. And we are told that Noah was a righteous person…in his generation. Why only in his? Compared to society at his time, he was undoubtedly in a caliber all his own. And yet, his praise is limited. When compared to other generations, he may not have fared as well.

We learn of Noah, building an ark at the command of his Creator, to save himself and his family from the impending flood that would wipe out life as they knew it. He told... ( Read More » )

Not Doing it Yourself: Parshat Bereishit

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 7:19 am
Posted by Mrs. Sara Esther Crispe

holding hands!.JPGCollege is a time of independence. It is a time to discover who you are, what you want to do and attain the skills to make it happen. You may be told that to succeed in this world it is each person for him or herself. The less you rely on others, the better off you will be. And since our coworkers are also our competition, you want to make sure you are never reliant on anyone but yourself.

Now there is something to be said about being self-sufficient. Being too needy in our relationships is also not healthy. And yet, there is no question that we are not intended to get through life on our own.

The Torah starts with the letter beit. The second letter of the alphabet. It equals two. And not just any beit. A large beit. For the beit is the... ( Read More » )

Chabad of Colorado Flood Relief Effort

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:56 am
Posted by Rabbi Yisroel Wilhelm

flood relief new.jpgDear Friends,

Sukkot is less than twenty-four hours away and we've barely had a moment to think about it. The needs of the community have been so enormous that we could use a thousand volunteers, and even then I'm not sure we'd be able to get to everyone. Today, in addition to the numerous phone calls and emails for help, we received several calls for assistance from the Flatlands, which is approximately two miles from downtown Boulder. Soon after, the people called back to say that there was no road and we wouldn't be able to get to them. For now, their needs are on hold.

We are working non-stop. Thanks to the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, we have been able to purchase boots, gloves, and masks to protect our volunteers.... ( Read More » )

Experiencing IsraeLinks

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 11:00 am
Posted by Jodie Singer

Tzfat_Artist_Colony_2.jpgReturning home from IsraeLinks was like leaving the gym after an intense workout. It was definitely hot and sweaty. I was tired to the point of exhaustion. And I felt satisfied, fulfilled. I was so glad I had gone.

It is a rare occasion to be surrounded by people who all want the same thing that you do. But that, as much as the lectures and the touring, is what IsraeLinks specializes in. From the beginning, the whole bus was looking forward to the same thing. We all wanted to make friends and explore the land of milk and honey together. We also all wanted to learn, as Jews and as people, and be the best versions of ourselves we could be. This sentiment led to a sort of positive peer pressure, where we all encouraged and supported each... ( Read More » )

The Great Equalizer: Succot

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 9:52 am
Posted by Mrs. Sara Esther Crispe

lulav-etrog-set-quality.jpgJudaism celebrates difference. We are constantly encouraged to use our unique talents and abilities and impact the world in the way that only we can. And yet, there is a time to remember that as important as our individuality is, we must never forget that we are only complete when we are unified.

For seven days we are commanded to dwell in a Succah. Succot can fall when it is still incredibly hot outside, whereas other times it can be snowing. And while one Succah may be beautifully decorated and another with just the beauty of the walls itself, when it rains, everyone gets wet.

It is in the Succah that we shake the lulav and etrog together, for it symbolizes the body of an individual human being and simultaneously the entire Jewish... ( Read More » )

Singing in the Rain: Succot

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 7:35 am
Posted by Simcha Weinstein

hammer.jpgNow that The High Holidays are behind us for this year what’s a Jew to do? Feel blessed, renewed, and collapse from the glorious work of praying, fasting and eating enough lox during the break-fast to bloat us to Passover.

But I have a better idea. Put the prayer books down, and pick up a hammer! For those of you who may not be familiar, it’s the long wooden thing attached to another metal thing meant for hocking things into things.

Succot is upon us. It’s a huge transition from one of our most solemn holidays to one of our most joyous as we commemorate two things: history and agriculture. Historically we build Succot to remind us of the 40 years we wandered in the desert living in whatever our Yiddishe kops could... ( Read More » )

Apologizing Together: A Yom Kippur Insight

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 11:25 am
Posted by Mrs. Sara Esther Crispe

pointing-finger.jpgWe repeat ourselves to drive home a message. Sometimes to others, sometimes to ourselves. And we repeat to remember.

The same is true in prayer. Throughout the Yom Kippur service, numerous times we go through a long list of wrongdoings that we may have committed during the year. As we say each one, we lightly pound our heart with our fist, almost like a knock to make sure it is awake and is coming to the door.

Now this list is pretty extensive. And let’s be honest, no way is anyone guilty of everything on that list. Sure, we may relate to some more than others, but either way, they do not all apply. Yet this is not a check off list. We do not go through and pick and choose where we may have done something wrong and skip the... ( Read More » )

Ready to Change? Facing Rosh Hashana

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 1:57 pm
Posted by Mrs. Sara Esther Crispe

open minded 2.jpgAll beginnings are hard. So the Talmud teaches. Makes sense. Anytime we start something new, there is the unknown, the unfamiliar. And when we are doing something we haven’t done before, we have no way of knowing how it will turn out or if it will succeed.

But there is more than just that. A beginning is hard not only because of the unknown, but specifically because of what it requires us to do. And that is to change.

For most of you, your academic year has just begun. This year it coincides with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. We know about blowing the shofar and dipping the apple in the honey, but what about the message in approaching a new beginning?

Rosh Hashana is not just a name. It is an attitude. “Rosh”... ( Read More » )

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