Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Finding Redemption Within

Rabbi Jay M. Stein

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 24

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', גּואֵל יִשרָאֵל

Baruch ata Adonai Go-al Yisroel

Praised are You Adonai, Redeemer of Israel

The rabbi of Lelov taught: “A person cannot be redeemed until he recognizes the flaws in his soul and tries to mend them. A nation cannot be redeemed until it recognizes the flaws in its soul and tries to mend them. Whoever permits no recognition of his flaws, whether individual or nation, permits no redemption. We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we recognize ourselves.” (Martin Buber, Tales of the Hasidim: The Later Masters, pp.187-88.)

Redemption is not an act of grace.  We have capacity and agency.  To find liberation we must search within.


Healing and Connection

Rabbi Jay M. Stein

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', הָרוצֶה בִּתְשׁוּבָה

Baruch Ata Adonai Ha’Rotzeh b’teshuva

Praised are You, Adonai Who desires repentance.

One of the obstacles to apologizing is not knowing how that apology will be received.  Once we arrive at the best solution to the conflicts we have in our lives, and determine to apologize, we are afraid of how the other person will hear those words. We may play out different scenarios in our heads with varying levels of success. However, what holds us back is the fear that our apology will elicit a response of further aggression or rejection.   

This bracha encourages us to imagine the best.  Imagine the words “I’m sorry” will bring recovery and relationship.  That is what this season of the year is all about.  When we open the conversation with “I’m sorry,” the healing begins, and connection is felt.

On behalf of Sharon and myself, we wish you a year of tremendous joy and love.


Gifts in Different Wrapping

Rabbi Jay M. Stein

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', חונֵן הַדָּעַת

Praised are You Adonai, who grants knowledge.

Baruch Ata Adonai Chonein Ha’Daat

Some have “street smarts” and some acquire information easily in a classroom setting.  Some have an incredibly high emotional intelligence and some wonderfully intuitive.  We must never believe ourselves less because we learn differently.  Each of us have gifts, they just come in different wrapping.