THEY ARE AS ONE

Life . . . without love is like spring without rain. Love without giving is like rain without clouds for life, love, giving…are as one.

Life . . . without faith is like the body without exercise. Faith without purpose is like exercise without movement for life, faith, purpose…are as one.

Life . . . without knowledge is like a tree without blossoms. Knowledge without understanding is like blossoms without seeds for life, knowledge, understanding…are as one.

Life . . . without discovery is like music without sound. Discovery without change is like sound with vibrations for life, discovery, change…are as one.

Universe . . . without life is like the flesh without soul. Life without people is like a soul without motion for universe, life, soul…are as one.

 

Remembrance

A few weeks ago, I was invited to New York to receive my Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  When the letter came from the Chancellor of the Seminary, I was in a state of shock.  Of course I’ll be there, I wrote back!  I went a few days early to reminisce because my rabbinic studies began 30 years ago in New York.

As a rabbinic student, I always wondered what my life would be like as a rabbi; and here I was 30 years later as my career was slowing down.  It was an overwhelming feeling.  I felt so grateful as I have had the most fascinating and wonderful career.

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Ask For Help!

Most of the time we are thankful for all that life has given us; but there are times when the long road ahead seems extremely long.  Life puts some burdens on us – a loved one becomes ill or dies.  The days are bleak and dreary; our steps falter, and we become unsteady.

We know that God is with us; but sometimes God seems out of reach.  We need assurance, a living person to help us down the road.  Let me or someone know that you could use some help on your journey.

 

There is a wonderful story that may help you to understand that we all need help... 

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The Glass and The Mirror

Once there was a wealthy, but miserly, man who did not believe in contributing to the needs of others less fortunate than himself.  One day, his rabbi called on him and asked:  “Will you contribute to the assistance of a poor family greatly in need of food and medicine?”

“No,” replied the rich man.  “I have no desire to give away my riches.”

The rabbi walked to another part of the room and picked up a hand mirror, which was lying there.  He said to the rich man, “Look into this mirror and tell me what you see.”

The rich man laughed at this foolish idea.  After looking into the mirror he said, “I see the same thing I would see in any other mirror – a picture of myself.”

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Life Changes

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that life changes all the time and that the changes are not something to be afraid of, but something to be incorporated into the essence of your life.  Sometimes change seems terrifying, almost impossible; but if you can weather the storm, out of it invariably there is a gift.  Change can be a catalyst for something very life-affirming, exciting and special.  This opportunity is available to both you and to me.

With warmth and affection,

Rabbi Sally

Abbey

Our 14-year old dog, Abbey, died last month.  The day after she died, my 4-year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.  She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her.  I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog?  She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.  I miss her very much.  I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.  I hope you will play with her.  She likes to play with balls and to swim.

I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog.  I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

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Circle of Love

Build a circle of love, for love changes things.  It converts a shack into a palace, and turns a hamburger into a feast.  It smoothes the rocky road, and pulls down the hills.  It gives courage because it stands with you.  It makes pain less painful, sorrow less sorrowful, and joy more joyful.  It takes some of the disappointment out of failure, and puts more delight in success.

So a ray of love is what we all need – to give it and to receive it.  So, let love shine and shine and shine, in me and on you, in you and on me.

With warmth and affection,

Rabbi Sally

The Golden Telephone

While on vacation in Rome, I noticed a marble column in St. Peter’s with a golden telephone on it.  As a young priest passed by, I asked what the telephone was for.  The priest told me it was a direct line to heaven; and if I’d like to call, it would be a thousand dollars.  I was amazed but declined the offer.

Throughout Italy, I kept seeing the same golden telephones on marble columns.  At each, I asked about it; and the answer was always the same:

It was a direct line to heaven; and I could call for a thousand dollars.

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Visiting Pastor

A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners.  At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door.  Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote:  ‘Revelation 3:20’ on the back of it and stuck it in the door.

When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned.  Added to it was this cryptic message:  ‘Genesis 3:10’.  Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter.

Revelation 3:20 begins: ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock.’  Genesis 3:10 reads: ‘I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked.’

With much affection,

Rabbi Sally

Rabbi Sally - The People's Rabbi