Blessed are You Who Creates by Zahara Heckscher

Blessed are You Who Creates/ Blessed are You Who Creates things/ Stars made of helium on fire/ Planets made of dust from stars/ Earth made of burning dust/ Stones made of cooled off earth/ Stones we can hold in our hands// Blessed are You Who Creates life/ The creatures that walk on the earth/ The […]

High Holiday Quote 2015

“Every year, I am so deeply moved by the sincerity, scholarship and deep spirit of the service leaders.  They sing right from the heart, and it is like their voices reach in and touch my heart.  I love the poems, songs and commentary that illuminate each service.  And I love how the congregation participates, through […]

Six Word Memoirs

“When we talk about Jewish food, there is no denying that food is absolutely central to Jewish history, culture, religious observance and Jewish continuity. We had a chance to explore some thoughts and ideas about Jewish food in Torah and in our lives and memories during our discussion of parashat Sh’lach L’cha on Saturday, June […]

How My Father Saved our Family by Esther Ticktin

Esther Ticktin shared the  following story with Fabrangen on January 25, 2014 at a special service celebrating her 89th birthday. My Refugee Story: How My Father Saved our Family By Esther Ticktin My story begins when the Nazis marched into Vienna, Austria.  It was March 1938 and I was 13 years old. I want to […]

Norman Shore’s 50th Bar Mitzvah Anniversary

Jan. 19, 2013 – Fabrangen Celebrated Norman Shore’s 50th Bar Mitzvah Anniversary   In a passage in his biography by Aaron Rakefet Rothkoff, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik reflected on his love of learning Torah.  I’d like to dedicate this passage to Norman Shore who might well have a similar experience as the Rav, and who has […]

Visiting Fabrangen

Thank you Fabrangen for one of the highlights of my year.  I was in DC for an inter-faith conference and wanted to find a Jewish Renewal Shabbat experience.  It was great that I could find Fabrangen via the Jewish Federation website listing of synagogues and chavurot and it was even better that your website was […]

Hurricane Sandy – Traveler’s Prayer

May it be Your will, our God and God of our ancestors, that You guide us in peace and sustain us in peace through this storm, that we may dwell in a place of safety, life, joy, and peace. Keep us safe from falling trees, downed wires, terrible winds, and flash floods, and from all […]

Ulysses S. Grant and the Art of Teshuvah

This summer I read Jonathan Sarna’s short new history, When General Grant Expelled the Jews.  I think most Jews in America have grown up with the common wisdom that sees Grant as an anti-Semite.  He was, after all, responsible for the single most overtly anti-Semitic incident in U.S. history – the infamous General Order No. […]

Soften the Harshness of the Decree: Meditation before Unetaneh Tokef

Adonai, we pray, soften the harshness of the decree. If it be Your will, give us more time. One more birth to celebrate, one more bar mitzvah to dance, one more chance to throw candy at the fiancés, one more baby to hold in our hands. If it be Your will, we ask, give us […]

The Bond of Life

I was reading personal correspondence from Rabbi Sue Fendrick about a verse from the evening prayers,“for in Your hand are the souls of the living and the dead, ki b’yadcha nafshot ha-hayyim v’ha-metim.” Sue also mentioned what we say of a deceased person, “May their soul be bound up in the bond of life, the […]