Here is our weekly "5-Point Parasha", a short list of what we are enjoying or pondering, as it relates to life and Torah.
Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan writes in her blog post about the new true meaning of Chanuka:
Cantor Heather asks an intercultural question:
From WNYC's The Takeaway, this is an interesting discussion of the intersections between Hanukkah and Christmas in the U.S. and how it reflects on questions of culture and assimilation. How much do we think it relates to the Canadian experience? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Rabbi Schachar shares a lovely photo from Ram Dass's website:
Rabbi Schachar shares a memorial for Dr. Richard Alpert, aka Ram Dass:
Last week I shared a quote from Ram Dass, just before he died, and his death has spawned many articles such as this one. I like telling the story that Reb Zalman used to relate about Ram Dass. Ram Dass found that a while after putting up his mezuza, his experience became routine and he forgot to remember G!d when he entered his home. As a result, he attached a string from the mezuza to the top of the door and then it hung down, so that it would hit his head when he entered his house. Unfortunately he got accustomed to that reminder too.
Rabbi Schachar shares another quote from Ram Dass z"l, aka Dr. Richard Alpert:
"My belief is that I wasn't born into Judaism by accident, and so I needed to find ways to honor that."
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