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Rabbi's Thoughts

October 20, 2019

String of Pearls - Rosh Hashanah 5780 /2019

Sermon - Rabbi Maurice Harris

        Thank you so much for welcoming me to the String of Pearls Community. It’s an honor to be with you as we celebrate the new year.

        Some years ago, a married couple - a mom and a dad in this case - who were congregants o...

August 29, 2018

Friends,

While I know that everyone's schedules and responsibilities are different, I hope that this warmer weather has afforded you a chance for some relaxing time, or at least a slower pace, to enjoy friends, family, hobbies and interests.

In the Jewish calendar, the end of summer coincides with the Hebrew month of Elu...

August 21, 2018

The month of Elul is a time for introspection and chesbon hanefesh ("accounting of the soul") in advance of Rosh Hashanah.

Join us on Sunday, August 25th at Panera in West Windsor for a discussion of ways to share reflections on the past year, and steps we can take to improve our routines and relationships in the days a...

March 28, 2018

Friends,

As we head quickly into our season of liberation at the holiday of Passover, I wanted to connect with you all and offer some thoughts about the holiday.  Some of us may be knee-deep in scrubbing and changing our kitchen, others might be trying some new recipes that don't involve leavened products (hametz) and o...

February 15, 2018

Friends,

I want to touch base with all of you in the aftermath of the tragic shooting yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

It was Valentine's Day--a day of celebrating love, and Ash Wednesday--a day of expressing faith.

Seventeen people, ranging from 14 to 49 years old, went to school to learn and...

January 2, 2018

Tu B'Shevat is said to mark the rising of sap in almond and fruit trees in Israel. It has been nicknamed the Israeli Arbor Day and celebrated with tree planting, dancing, and meals that feature the future fruit of these trees.

Join us on Friday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m. for our Tu B'Shevat celebration which includes a...

November 17, 2017

Friends,

In some ways, it seems that we were just all together for the High Holidays, but it has been a number of weeks. Summer weather seemed to go on far longer this year than most years, but finally we have begun to feel the cool crispness of Fall in the air as we move toward Thanksgiving and then on toward the Winte...

Five days after the end of Yom Kippur, the festival of Sukkot begins. Sukkot is a weeklong holiday dedicated to bringing worship outside, literally, and it can be understood as our opportunity to face the world anew after the powerful experience of introspection and t’shuva (commitment to change) of the preceding days....

September 7, 2017

Shanah Tovah!

The shifts and changes of the past year have happened with a rapidity that can leave us feeling breathless...  At the High Holidays, we shift our focus from what we read in our papers or on our screens to what is going on within us.  Where did we find ourselves “off the derech,” -- deviating from  the well...

September 7, 2017

Shalom and thank you for checking out our String of Pearls website!

As you read this we are well into the month of Elul, the time in the Jewish calendar in which we prepare for the High Holidays ahead. In Elul, we take a good, long, hard look at where we are spiritually, in a spirit of repentance ahead of Rosh Hashanah...

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