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Dark Wisdom: A Jewish Comment on the Conclusion of Breaking Bad

Dark Wisdom: A Jewish Comment on the Conclusion of Breaking Bad (c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor Truth and beauty accompanied every devastating turn in the journey that was Breaking Bad. Perhaps even wisdom. As a religious devotee of Vince Gilligan's masterful narrative, I will be processing its conclusion this past week for some time. What follows is one rabbi's commentary on a television show that was at once artful expression and transformative experience, pop culture and philisophy. We could do much worse than learn lessons of intention, truth and power by treading lightly through the dark wisdom of Breaking Bad. [Spoiler alert!!] Breaking Bad was an excrutiating show to watch. It was hard to breathe. But the pain of having its narrative flow interrupted by commercials was even worse. Thanks to Netflix and iTunes, I binge-watched my way through the entire series this past summer, and watched only the finale this pat Sunday "live." My attunedness to the characters' …

announcing the publication of "A Manifesto for the Future: The ShefaNetwork Archive Conservative/Masorti Judaism Dreaming from Within"

announcing the publication of
A Manifesto for the Future: The ShefaNetwork Archive Conservative/Masorti Judaism Dreaming from Within Edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/Manifesto-Future-ShefaNetwork-Conservative-Dreaming/dp/149279712X/
(See Table of Contents Below)
This collection has been nine years in the making and is an archive of overflowing Jewish passion. There future of Conservative/Masorti Judaism depends on voices like those shared in this book, which was created to fulfill the mission of ShefaNetwork: to bring together dreamers from within the Conservative/Masorti Movement and to give their dreams an audible voice. ShefaNetwork was born in December of 2004 to create a virtual community of professional and lay activists in the Conservative/Masorti movement and a place to discuss the movement's direction and ways of strengthening Conservative Judaism for the future. Perhaps one of the greatest strengths of the Shefa enterprise is th…

From Rabbi Creditor: Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, & More!

from Molly Shapiro, Director of Youth Community and Connection! There will be childcare provided for ages 0-5 in the SBY room from 10-1 on Thursday & Friday (with Mika Aloni), and from 10-2 on Shabbat with Doreen (our usual childcare professional). Thursday, September 26 Shmini Atzeret/Erev Simchat Torah 9:30 am Services (Shmini Atzeret &  Yizkor)
6:15 pm Ma'ariv, Simchat Torah & Hakafot - come dance with the Torah!!! Friday, September 27: Simchat Torah Day 9:30 am Shacharit, Simchat Torah & Hakafot
Saturday, September 28 Shabbat Breisheet 9:00 am Torah Study 9:30 am Shabbat Service  11:00 am Shabbat B'Yachad Program: welcomes all families with children under 5-years-old! 12:30 pm Kiddush is sponsored by Angela Butts and Yotam Levine, in honor of their aufruf. Mazal Tov! CNS Homepage || CNS Blog  ||  CNS Preschool Amitim Program  ||  Ketzev: The CNS Youth Chavurah

Please join me at the Berkeley Ceasefire Walk Against Violence!

Dear Chevreh, 

Please join me at the Berkeley Ceasefire Walk Against Violence!  Thursday, Oct. 03, 2013, 6:30pm (orientation), 7pm (walk begins)  

Let's stand together, walk, and pray - and save lives. Announcing the Berkeley Ceasefire Walk Against Violence!  We'll meet at Good Shepherd Episcopal CHurch (1823 9th St) Berkeley, 94710.  For more info, contact Reverend Este Gardner Cantor at 510-665-5821.
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from Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly: Tell Congress - Revisit gun violence legislation

As members of the Navy family, we continue to hold the victims of Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard in our thoughts and prayers. 

We've been there, and know that nothing will bring solace to the families who lost loved ones that day.

It is our hope that as the hours and days pass, Americans and the elected officials who represent them match their anger and sadness with a renewed commitment to ensuring tragedies like this one never happen again.

That's why we wrote a letter to Congress asking them to come together in the wake of this latest tragedy, and to revisit legislation like expanded background checks that will keep our communities safer. Add your name to our letter today.

http://action.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/letter

Responsible gun owners should feel outraged when criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can get their hands on guns and use them to harm children and families.

While Congress may be divided on how to stop this problem, Amer…

For those in the Washington, District of Columbia area, please attend this important rally tomorrow if you can! #gunviolence #gunsense #gunsafety

For those in the Washington, District of Columbia area, please attend this important rally tomorrow if you can!#gunviolence#gunsense#gunsafety


A Sukkot Drash by Rabbi Creditor in partnership with American Jewish World Service

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here A Sukkot Drash by Rabbi Creditor in partnership with American Jewish World Service  & Netivot Shalom's ARC Initiative
Sukkot 2013/5774: Ushpizin & the World Rabbi Menachem Creditor http://ajws.org/what_we_do/education/publications/chag_vchesed/5774/cc_sukkot_5774.pdf What is it about the holiday of Sukkot that makes it so powerful? Tradition teaches that the energy of Sukkot is so intense, so visceral and delightful, that seven mythic figures leave the Garden of Eden to join in the light of our earthly sukkot (temporary shelters). But why? What is it about the sukkah that compels even those who have tasted Paradise? 

These spirit guests, known as the Ushpizin, are invited each night into our sukkot. Groupings ofUshpizin vary by community, and include biblical prophetess, revered sages and modern heroes, invoked in turn each night of Sukkot. Jewish mystical tradition suggests that each guest also serves as a reminder of an action th…

AJWS Chag v'Chesed: Sukkot

Sukkot 5774
By Rabbi Menachem CreditorView a printable version
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For more Sukkot resources, visit our website and On1Foot.What is it about the holiday of Sukkot that makes it so powerful? Tradition teaches that the energy of Sukkot is so intense, so visceral and delightful, that seven mythic figures leave the Garden of Eden to join in the light of our earthly sukkot (temporary shelters). But why? What is it about the sukkah that compels even those who have tasted Paradise?

These spirit guests, known as the Ushpizin, are invited each night into our sukkot. Groupings of Ushpizin vary by community, and include biblical prophetess, revered sages and modern heroes, invoked in turn each night of Sukkot. Jewish mystical tradition suggests that each guest also serves as a reminder of an action through which the brokenness of our world is repaired.

Ironically, the Ushpizin and their message of an aching world typically function as spiritual enhanceme…