Writings from Rabbi Naomi

Rabbi Naomi often blesses us with writings of her thoughts and teachings.
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  • Longing for Liberation

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    One of the most deeply religious feelings we can experience is longing – longing for closeness with God, longing to be on good terms with the Cosmos, longing to love and be loved. The longing for union with the Divine Beloved is exquisitely expressed in the songs of the poet-saints of the Bhakti tradition in Hinduism and the Sufi tradition in Islam.

  • When In Rome

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    With a twinkle in his eye, my grandfather liked to ask us, “What do you say to the Pope on Yom Kippur?” Then he would divulge the answer: “Good yontiff, Pontiff!”  (Yontiff is Yiddish for the Hebrew yom tov, meaning simply ‘good day,’ but signifying a holiday.)

  • The Reverend and the Rabbi – Honoring Martin Luther King Day

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    At a climactic moment in the Civil Rights struggle in 1965, Reverend Martin Luther King called on religious leaders across the country to join him in the third march from Selma, Alabama to the State Capitol in Montgomery.  Among those who answered the call was the great scholar Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

  • 2015 Chanukah & Shabbat Message

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    Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah – From Rabbi Naomi

    Here we are in the darkest time of the year with the sun sinking low so early and long, moonless nights. And the blessing of rain makes the days seem even darker. It’s a time for cozy fires, reading, and singing around the Chanukah candles.