A Bat Mitzvah to Remember – Tribal Blessings

A Bat Mitzvah to Remember – Tribal Blessings I am delighted to say that all of the Bar and Bat Mitzvahs that we celebrate at Bonai Shalom are memorable and joyous We mark this rite of passage for a young person and celebrate the amazing achievement of learning and preparing so much in order to stand […]

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Lila Crank’s Bat Mitzvah Dvar Torah

Parshat Pinchas – July 12th, 2014, Bonai Shalom by Lila Crank Shabbat Shalom. I am so incredibly happy that all of you could be here on my special day and that I am here standing before you now as a woman. This is such a privilege especially because in places like Nigeria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, girls […]

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Parshat Pinchas 5774

A shocking and inspiring episode in Parashat Pinchas occurs when the five daughters of Zelophechad stand up to Moses, Aaron and Elazar and demand to inherit their father’s property, in the absence of any sons. This courageous act, which challenges the assumption that tribal land can be passed on only from fathers to sons, seems to leave […]

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Laying Our Rebbe to Rest

I am only just waking up to the awareness of the tremendous impact that Reb Zalman has had on me and who am I as a rabbi and as one who walks in the mysteries of this perplexing world. It is hard to express the gratitude that I have that life brought me to serve […]

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Counting the Omer

Omer: The 49 Day Journey We all know the experience of counting the days that lead to some exciting event, or to some dreadful one. I know young people who will tell you exactly how many days there are until summer camp begins or until school ends for the summer. People celebrating a major life cycle event are […]

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Blessing of the Blossoms

Have you noticed the eruption of color and fragrance in the blossom in our neighborhoods? Hard to miss, right? There is a powerful blessing traditionally recited when seeing the first blossoms on fruit-bearing trees, specifically during the Hebrew month of Nissan. This year the last day of April and the last day of Nissan coincide so we have […]

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Sandy Cohn Eulogy

Sandy Cohn – Shulamit bat Pinchas v’Chaya z”l 2/12/47 – 4/1/14 Eulogy delivered by Rabbi Marc on 4/3/14 at Har HaShem Sandy would have loved to see all of us here today, people gathered from all over the country, family and friends.  So many people.  People she has adored. But she would not have liked […]

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A Dream at the Mountain

A Dream at the Mountain Our wonderful Jewish community in Boulder has been going through more transition in a short period of time than seems possible. We remain very impacted by the flood, with Bonai Shalom at least still months away from returning to our home. Rabbi Tirzah Firestone has retired from Nevei Kodesh, Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder and […]

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My Day at The White House with AJWS

It was not even clear that I would be able to join the White House Briefing with AJWS on December 11th because of my status as a non-citizen. I got through security easily enough with my Green Card being adequate ID and Sting’s “I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien” ringing in my ears…

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Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Friends, According to some, it will be 7,500 years before Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide again as they do tonight and tomorrow! There are, of course, similar themes to these two holidays and when they converge, I suppose our sense of gratitude and appreciation for all of the large and small miracles in our lives, and […]

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