Entries by Philip Weintraub

Beautifying our home

We live in an imperfect world.  Too often we see violence, misery, hate, and more depressing images on TV than we can process. Our tradition teaches us that we always commanded to increase holiness.  One way to do that is to make the world a little more beautiful.  A few weeks ago, two members donated […]

100 Blessings

Where do we get inspiration? Every day we have the opportunity to find moments of holiness in our daily lives.  Every moment can bring us blessing.  Simply by recognizing the beauty around us, we can find great sanctity.  In this way we follow the words of Rabbi Meir, from Menachot 43b: תניא היה רבי מאיר […]

How do we soar?

Some weeks just knock you for a loop. This week I found myself in the ER, in pretty terrible pain. Family members had major medical procedures, kids were sick. In between moaning on the couch, I officiated at three different funerals this week. One I had to ask for help–I just couldn’t move. How do […]

Shabbat Shalom

As we enter into this Shabbat, let us take a quick moment to pause and reflect. What has this week brought us?  Has it brought us joy? Has it brought us sorrow?  What do we hope for in the week to come? Let us pray for a week of peace! Shabbat shalom.