Parshat Bo: Thanks But I’d Rather Be Second Over the years, I have explained to parents and grandparents what happens when the first baby a woman has is a boy. Everyone is familiar with the ‘bris’, the celebration Jewish people do that surrounds circumcising the baby boy. It’s usually done early in the morning. We
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Is it true that you can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have a tattoo? What about the sheet with the hole in the middle? Why can’t you play a musical instrument on Shabbat? This 4-week course will explore Jewish Halacha and what the law really says. Join us to dispel some commonly held myths and get our stories straight.
Mussar and Tikkun Olam:
Is there a Commandment to Build Bridges?
A Partnership Event with Kolot Mayim Reform Temple
Thank you to those who joined us and Kolot Mayim Reform Temple in Victoria, BC on January 3rd, as we explored some of our ancient approaches that discuss how the Jewish self-improvement technique, known as Mussar, speaks to our global partnerships. This lecture was hosted as part of the Building Bridges: Language, Song and Story/Kol haOlam kulo, Gesher tzar me’od Virtual Lecture Series.
The link to the recording will be available soon.
Spend a lively hour with Rachael as she unlocks entry points to contemporary Jewish experience.
Friday Morning Coffee
Fill your coffee mug and your spirit, joining Rachael live on Zoom for “Food For Our Neshama, Coffee For Me”, a jolt of inspiration and warm conversation.
This program runs weekly, excluding Civic and Jewish holidays, unless otherwise noted.
The next Friday Morning Coffee is January 8, 2021.
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Dr. Rachael Turkienicz has championed inclusive and accessible Jewish education for more than 40 years, paving the way for a woman’s right to fully engage with all facets of Jewish study. Founder and Director of Rachael’s Centre for Torah, Mussar & Ethics, she continues to devote herself to building pluralistic, ethically driven communities of learning in Toronto and globally.
Parshat VaErah: But I’m Still Crying When my kids were little, each of them would show being upset in unique ways. As toddlers, it was always interesting to watch them find their ‘upset’ voices. One of my daughters would throw tantrums in front of the freezer, crying for an ice cream bar, one of my
Parshat Shemot: Balancing Seventy Voices I, like so many others, am at home during Ontario’s provincial lockdown. My home now consists of five people (some of our kids are back in the house from university). Five people in one home, all adults, all family, all with shared history and family experiences. This lockdown should be
Parshat Miketz: Two Strangers Walked Into an Elevator… Everyone I talk to lately is communicating, in one way or another, that we’re all tired of living with COVID. The cracks are starting to show. I heard recently of a young pregnant woman who was at the hospital for her monthly appointment. She was alone in
Parshat Vayeishev: I Will Send You a Little Candle Happy Chanukah everyone! The days are getting shorter, darkness is extending its hours, so what a blessing that we are filling our homes with increased light by adding a candle everyday. There’s a beautiful midrash that says Adam became depressed the first time he noticed the
Parshat Vayishlach: Because Angels Don’t Fight Fair As a music student in Israel I would often be seconded to different communities to teach music to school children. One school in particular placed me in a town where my father’s cousin lived, someone I came to know well and would often stay with during my placement.