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Dear Sabbatical Diary: January 23, 2017

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 1:25pm -- Rabbi Ranon Teller

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. 

Sabbatical Update

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 9:28am -- Rabbi Ranon Teller
Shalom all, After 11 of years of service, I am grateful for a three-month sabbatical starting December 11th. I’ll be returning on Shabbat morning, March 11th.

Flood Relief Updates: 4.20.16

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:09am -- Rabbi Ranon Teller
The devastation is heart breaking once again as we struggle with the loss, the repetition, and the pain. Our Brith Shalom community is prepared to care for our members in need. Our Houston Jewish community has mobilized as well. Here are some updates.

Reaching Out to Victims of the Flood

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:09pm -- Rabbi Ranon Teller

Shalom all,

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.

Mishloach Manot - A Foundational Purim Mitzvah

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:40pm -- Rabbi Ranon Teller

The mitzvah of Mishloach Manot is fulfilled by sending gift baskets to friends. It is a mitzvah opportunity that is prescribed in the text of the Scroll of Esther. After Esther and Mordechai save the Jews from annihilation, the text commands the Jews to observe Purim as a day of “feasting and merrymaking, and as an occasion for sending gifts to one another [mishloach manot] and presents to the poor [matanot la’evyonim].” (Esther 9:22).

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