Rabbi’s Thoughts2018-09-04T16:34:23-05:00

FROM RABBI LIEBERMAN

Chavurah @ FJC

Chavurah @ FJC Whenever I have the opportunity to engage new members of our congregation in conversation and I ask them what led them to join us, I am frequently told that they were attracted to the warmth and vibrancy of our community. Needless to say, it is always [...]

January 27th, 2020|

“Beautiful Fool”

As January approaches each year, a song percolates up through my consciousness and I pull up on my computer, and listen to, several recorded versions of it . It is called Beautiful Fool and it was written and recorded by Kathy Mattea. You can hear her recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Iv5Bm0xUGg [...]

January 6th, 2020|

Nechemta (consolation)

The Shabbat following Tisha B’Av, that summer date commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, is known as “Shabbat Nachamu.” The name is taken from the opening word of the week’s haftarah: Nachamu, nachamu ami—“comfort, comfort My people.” It is with this sentence that we begin the series [...]

November 18th, 2019|

Narrow Bridge

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772 - 1810) was the  great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. In his short life he became one of the most creative, influential and profound of the Chassidic masters. From his youth, Nachman followed a path of asceticism and prayer. He emphasized living life with [...]

October 25th, 2019|

The 11th Commandment

Describing Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (z”l), Krista Tippet, host of On Being, writes: “A mystic, a 20th-century religious intellectual, a social change agent, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., famously saying afterwards that he felt his legs were praying.” I have long admired the life, [...]

September 10th, 2019|