At the age of 50, I’m here on the bima, reflecting on the blessings of my life.
Rabbi Ranon Teller's blog
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It has been an extraordinary High Holy Day season so far. You can find my sermons by clicking the links below. Reminder: only a few days left until Yom Kippur, so reach out to those you love (and those you don’t) to seek forgiveness.
Blessings and Much Love,
See you soon,
The world lost a true tzadik in Rabbi Michael Goldstein z”l. When a tzadik dies, he bring atonement to the world. Due to a tzadik’s humility, his deeds only become public knowledge after his death. Here is my eulogy for my colleague, my friend and role model. May we all learn from his character and patience.
"Twelve people and a dog, no power, the floodwaters were up to our porch…and rising. It was getting dark. Our friends, Shira and Avi, who were sheltering with us, needed to get to their home. Just before dark, a canoe pulled up to our front step and evacuated them. Night fell and we sheltered in place..."
Shalom all. I was on a family vacation in Boulder and the events in Charlottesville were haunting me . . .
I am totally inspired as I prepare for our selichot program. It’s going to be a Song Night featuring the synagogue music that I explored during my sabbatical.
I hope your summer is going well. I’m sitting in a café in Boulder, Colorado, preparing High Holy Day sermons. While I’ve been here, American Jewish community leadership has been struggling to find a strategic approach to the challenges to religious pluralism in Israel. Over the past few weeks, our relationship with Israel has experienced tension and frustration because of the stalled Kotel compromise and the proposed Conversion Bill. I wanted to share some resources, a reflection, and an update.
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.