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From Sorrow to Song

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By that Friday, I was physically and emotionally exhausted.  I didn’t want to sing.  Or pray.  Or socialize.  Or eat.  I just wanted to go home to bed.  Instead, I came here, and somehow was buoyed by this community, nourished by the communal meal, inspired by the song, and moved ...
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Passover Teacher Feature

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When asked to share some fond memories or special ways they celebrate Passover, CBE's Religious School teachers remind us of what it is we are really trying to do here; to fill up with joy, to nurture our souls and to share the love in the most rewarding ways. (Originally ...
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Middah of the Month of Nisan: Compassion

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“Compassion is the ability to emotionally relate to the condition of another and to respond with kindness and concern. It is not judgmental, it does not point fingers.  It seeks to raise another person’s soul and make life easier to bear.”   Riverton Mussar ...
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All Aboard the Member Ship!

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Spring is in the air!  Spring is the time of renewal. Days get longer, and the Earth reawakens from its winter slumber, exploding with new life as trees, plants and fields begin to turn green.  The greens on the Seder plate represent the coming of spring. Spring is also symbolic ...
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The “Rabbi’s Message”

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I’m writing this slowly, because I know you can’t read very fast. To tell the truth, I’m quite famous. I’ve been called a great suppository of wisdom. When I get together with other sages, I stand out like a maxilla, a fontanel. My pondering includes many deep and numismatic things, ...
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The Sages Answer your Questions: Why Chinese Food is Kosher

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Congregation Beth Evergreen has had the unique opportunity of being able to host seven great sages of Jewish law.  Find out why Chinese food is kosher in today's blog post ...
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How to make shellfish kosher for Purim and other Holidays

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For Chinese foods, no Rabbinic inspection or blessings are necessary, whether dining in one’s home or out in a Chinese restaurant.  Under further Talmudic discussion are whether or not this rule applies to Thai and Vietnamese dishes as well ...
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From the Board

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After that, I decided to have that dinner with Esther and Mr. Hamanov at the sushi restaurant down by the lake.  Out of the blue, my beautiful wife tells me that there is someone who is plotting to destroy her people unnecessarily, and that it is Mr. Hamanov! ...
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What’s a Jew to Chew? Addendum to the Responsive of Rebbe Schlepper

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Humbly submitted by Rebbe Tsedreyt Notes of Caution: Abstain from reading the following tractate until the first readily identifiable female  voice wells up during our sacred Purim Spiel. In the event you are absent from the performance of our spiel or you lack the ability to discipline your curious, jaded ...
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G-d’s Will About Wells

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By Rabbi Netanyahu Schlepper When a desert tribe encounters a well that lacks a bucket, the Talmud directs that all who go on two legs shall each draw a straw; but those with big mouths shall draw two; and the obese, whose buttocks would plug the well, shall draw none, ...
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The Root Cause Chinese Food is Kosher

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The sage Hillel, when asked how long a man’s legs should be, replied, “Long enough to reach the ground.” Asked how long a man’s root should be, Hillel gave the same answer. The word kosher comes from the same root as kashrut: the law that tells us what is kosher ...
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Middah of the Month of Adar: Joy

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“Joy comes from participating in the human story in a positive way, becoming aware of reality, having compassion for others, and acting on that compassion through generosity.”  Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu ...
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Hive Alive

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Judaism asserts that the world can be transformed & sustained in wholeness, love & connection.  Like the bee who transforms nectar into honey and whose ways perpetuate life beyond itself, each child is an integral member of the community, transforming Jewish ritual, song, culture, knowledge & commitment to justice and ...
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Community Events – Don’t Stop Believin’!

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Just a small town Jew, looking for a mountain brew, takes the midnight train down to Little Bear Just a city goy, born and raised in Shushan, Oye, Took the midnight train out to Evergreen ...
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Middah of the Month of Sh’vat: Courage

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"It was the result of God's wisdom that the Israelites were led about in the wilderness until they acquired courage." Moses Maimonides, Guide to the Perplexed, part 3 32:2 ...
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Stained Glass Window Unveiling

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Our sacred space within Congregation Beth Evergreen holds many spiritual sacred works, such as our Torah scrolls, their adornments, our yartzeit wall, and our prayer books.  Like our community, the works of our hands in creating sacred space is not static. Over the last few years our religious school 7th ...
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The Treasurer’s Minute

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CBE’s stable financial condition continues through our common goal to match our limited financial resources with the fulfillment of the needs and interests of our lasting Jewish community. I have really enjoyed working with the Board and the committee chairs during my last two years as your Board Treasurer. There ...
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Middah of the Month of Tevet: Enthusiasm

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Why focus on the character trait of enthusiasm? “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke Rabbi Luzzato in his Path of the Upright, studied by the Thursday mussar group for the past year, suggests a surprising antidote to the ...
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Number the Helpers

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By this time, I have lost so many family and friends to death that when Rabbi Jamie calls on us for Kaddish names, I can sound off with my Top Ten. Certain spiruitual believers tell us that death is a delusion. Now, we have fake news, and we Jews have ...
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Middah of the Month of Kislev: Humility

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Humility can be practiced believing that thinking of yourself less is not thinking less of yourself ...
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