Yom Kippur Day 5777: “Addressing Homelessness in Olympia: The Need for Values in our Civic Life”

Last November, not long after the high Holidays, I took a risk when I, without prior consultation with the Board, committed our congregation to join with two other downtown faith communities to host a warming center for the homeless during the cold and wet winter months. I don’t normally eschew process, I’m very process oriented. …

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To Give is To Receive

The blintzes are back! This year, after a year’s hiatus Blintzapalooza returns. Blintzapalooza is one of Temple Beth Hatfiloh hallmark events, the Sunday in March when we open up our doors and welcome in the community to eat blintzes and bagels, buy used books, participate in a Jewish cooking contest and support local charitable organizations. …

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The Perils of Individualism

This week’s portion, Shimini, carries us deeper into the book of Leviticus. The first half of the portion is the initiation of the sacrificial cult: the Torah describes in dramatic fashion the first sacrifices Aaron and his sons carry out in their role as priests. They slaughter various animals corresponding to the different types of …

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Who Loves a Good Mystery? We Don’t.

As I’m sure many of you have been, this past week I have been slightly obsessed with the story of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The complete disappearance of a Boeing 777 jet with over 200 people on board on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing is fascinating and terrifying. What happened? Was it a …

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