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Torah and Trump

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Commentary on Parashat Bo: Exodus 10:1-13:6 Rabbi Em Mueller, Sim Shalom Online Jewish Universalist Synagogue January 31, 2017 This week I’ve been reading many commentaries about this parashah trying to find the link between this ancient text and the latest actions of President Trump. At myjewishlearning.org, I found it: Modern psychoanalyst Erich Fromm...

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Preparing for the Holidays in an Multifaith Household

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash before Chanukah Rabbi Em Mueller Sim Shalom Online Jewish Universalist Synagogue December 20, 2016 Yesterday, my daughter and her wife hung Christmas lights in the kitchen. They’d moved in with us in July — them and their five year old and their three year old and the triplets, born in September. We’d agreed they’d live with us for a year so that my...

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Do Distance and Time Heal Wounds?

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Toldot: Genesis 24:19-28:9 Rabbi Em Mueller Sim Shalom Online Jewish Universalist Synagogue November 29, 2016 How do we learn to get along with other people, especially if we can’t get along with our own literal sisters and brothers? This week’s parashah (Torah reading), Toldot (Generations: Genesis 25:19-28:9) tells us that even in the womb Jacob...

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Learning from the Past for Today’s World

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Vayeira: Genesis 18:1-22:24 In this week’s Torah reading we move from Abraham and God’s relationships to the multitudes and to the individual: First, God tells Abraham that God is going to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gemorrah because they are filled with wickedness, only wickedness. Abraham says to him “Far be it from You to do such a...

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Finding the Path

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Lech-lecha We’ve just finished the Days of Awe, filled with introspection, self-examination: Have we been our best selves? Are we following our true path? Then we rejoice in Torah, which is God laying out a path for a meaningful life. And we begin reading the Torah once again, starting with Genesis. In the first two weeks, we read the two creation...

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Up from Enslavement: Moving Toward the Days of Awe

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Elul 3: Leaving Enslavement Rabbi Em Mueller, Sim Shalom Online Synagogue September 6, 2016. This month of Elul continues our journey up from the depths of mourning, commemorated on Tisha b’Av – the 9th day of the month of Av. Elul is even more focused on teshuvah – returning to our truest selves: When we see a newborn, we are awed by...

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