This week, the state of Texas became the 18th state in our nation to pass a bipartisan bill combating the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, House Bill (HB) 89.
Rabbi Ranon Teller
Delivered from the Bima on Shabbat Hagadol 5777
This morning, I brought four guests with me to join me up on the bima.
Dear Rabbi Ranon Teller,
I have just returned from my overseas trip last week and therefore was not able to write to you sooner. I was traveling to Makkah, Saudi Arabia for the minor pilgrimage and visited other countries as well during my spiritual journey. I prayed for all of my friends and brothers for their prosperity, success and peace for all through out my trip. I cherished and enjoyed our recent get together at the Mosque and looking forward to our visit to your center soon.
1. Prepare: This is essential for Shabbat. Meals must be cooked, guests invited. Set up play dates for your children. Once Shabbat begins, stop planning and just be.
The Federation trip is coming to a close. Today is my last day in Israel. My soul feels so blessed to be in my body, sitting at a café in Mamilla mall, next to the old city, with a few moments for reflection.
Thank you for your letter of support following the recent bomb threat at the ERJCC. Thank you to all your colleagues for affirming in your letter that you are standing next to us as we resist the “seeds of hate” that are once again sprouting in Houston and across our nation.
I’m finishing the first leg of my trip to Israel. I’ve spent that past week at my parent’s apartment in Jerusalem. This afternoon I’m traveling to Tel Aviv to meet up with the Houston Federation Mission for the remainder of my trip.
I made it to Israel! I’m spending time with my parents in Jerusalem. They are renting an apartment overlooking the Knesset. They’ve settled into a routine and I’m integrating myself in.
I’m on my way to St. Louis for a Jewish Music Conference with Rick Recht, called Songleader Boot Camp. I’ve been a Rick Recht fan since my early rabbinic stint as an assistant rabbi in St. Louis.
Shalom from the hills and valleys of Los Angeles.
The Jewish Renewal conference in Boulder was fascinating and invigorating. It was fascinating to see a Jewish movement gather with such clarity and intensity. Regardless of personal politics, it was refreshing to see a group of like-minded, passionate seekers learn together and strategize. In the case of Jewish Renewal, the agenda is unabashedly progressive. There is broad community consensus on community goals and principles. This consensus and clarity fosters deep commitment and intense focus. There is a palpable sense of pride and purpose.
I’m on my way from Denver to Boulder. I spent this past Shabbat at HEA, the Hebrew Educational Alliance, the largest Conservative shul in Denver.
I’m on my way to Colorado. The New York trip was perfect. I experienced great davenning and inspired group singing. I observed great leadership and I’ve integrated some new ideas, melodies and niggunim. Now it’s time for Colorado.
Shalom. We need peace urgently. The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is apathy. Find your action and move. Too much violence. Too much hate.
The leadership of Brith Shalom and I are thinking about you and praying for your safety. As you know, you are part of a genuine, caring community and we want to help in any way we can.
Johnston Middle School, located at 10410 Manhattan Dr., Houston, TX, 77096, will serve as a shelter for Meyerland residents.