My Jewish Homeland: Oakland, California

by Rabbi Dev Noily On February 15, the New York Times reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “that his government was encouraging a ‘mass immigration’ of Jews from Europe…. ‘Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews,’ Mr. Netanyahu said Sunday in Jerusalem. ‘Of course, Jews deserve protection […]

Kehilla Sanctuary Quote – What Inspires You?

Thanks to the work of the Hiddur Mitzvah Committee and our generous community, our sanctuary has been beautifully painted in exquisite shades of earth and sky.  And there’s still more coming! One aspect of the design is to include a quote from Jewish sacred text on the rear balcony. Here’s where you come in! What […]

Week 5 Day 7: Malchut sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Monday, April 29 we recite: (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.  (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the […]

Week 5 Day 6: Yesod sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Sunday, April 28 we recite: (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.  (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the […]

Week 5 Day 5: Hod sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Saturday, April 27 we recite: (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.  (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the […]

Week 5 Day 4: Netzach sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Friday, April 26 we recite: (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.  (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the […]

Week 5 Day 3: Tiferet sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Thursday, April 25 we recite: (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.  (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the […]

Week 5 Day 2: Gevurah sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Wednesday, April 24th we recite: (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.  (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the […]

Week 5 Day 1: Introduction and Chesed sheh b-Hod

After sundown on Tuesday, April 23 we recite:     (Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.   (Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us […]

Counting the Omer: Hod

Hod holds many attributes, often described as splendor, majesty, glory, grandeur, vigor, and more. Last year, my friend Rabbi Ezra Weinberg wrote about the aspect of hod that has to do with “submission.” He opened up a whole new world of “hod” for me that I want to explore as we count the omer this […]