Conversation with Cantor Tifani Coyot and Cantorial Soloist Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen moderated by Rabbi Joel Nickerson. At Temple Isaiah the cantorial department oversees and helps the rest of the clergy and staff create the vision around Music, Ritual, Spirituality and Prayer. How does being a mother/parent influence the way we craft the ritual, music and prayer at Isaiah? How has your understanding of ritual and prayer influenced your parenting? What music and rituals happen in your home? Why that piece of music? Do your sons and husbands have a favorite Jewish song? For those of us who are not musicians or clergy…what strategies would you recommend for them to add to their parenting?
Jewish tradition teaches “Who is rich?” and the answer is simple, “Those who rejoice in their own portion.” (Pirke Avot 4:1) Yet, many of us struggle, daily, to find words of appreciation for all that we have. In Psalm 92, we are invited to thank God in the morning – to praise God’s lovingkindness (chesed) – and then again in the evening with thanks for God’s faithfulness (emunah). How often do we use our first and last words of the day to offer thanks and praise? In this season of Thanksgiving, when you are about to sit at a table and be asked “For what are you thankful?” we want to flip the question on its head and instead inquire: “What gets in the way of gratitude?”
EXTENDED VERSION - Catastrophe Parenting deals with parents who get emotional or anxious in almost every situation so that every event is one level of catastrophe or another. We will learn how to climb down from that ladder. The question and answer section of the conversation starts at 36:18 mark.
Rob Bell: Opening Monologue on Miracles and Wonder
Rob, Dara and Joel exchange thoughts on how to live a life of faith, purpose and meaning in the 21st century. This conversation was part of our Installation weekend celebration Rob Bell is an American author, speaker and former pastor. Bell was the founder of Mars Hill Bible Church located in Grandville, Michigan, which he pastored until 2012. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Love Wins and the writer and narrator of a series of spiritual short films called NOOMA. In 2011, Time Magazine named Bell on its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He has since become a freelance writer and speaker appearing on various talk shows and national speaking tours on topics related to spirituality and leadership. He also hosts a popular podcast called,'The Robcast.: robbell.podbean.com/' In 2018, a documentary about Bell called "The Heretic" was released. We were honored to have Rob as our special guest for our Installation weekend.
THROWBACK SERMON - Kol Nidre - 2015 / 5776TRANSCRIPT
Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles offers three reflections (kavanot) during Solidarity Shabbat. TEN COMMANDMENTS When I first learned the Ten Commandments, I was disappointed. The Israelites went through all that to learn not to murder? Really? Isn’t that obvious? Maybe not. HEALING Rabbi Klein Miles speaks about the Walking Wounded, the thousands who now move through the world with bullet wounds. ELEVEN ARE THE STARS In the Pesach song, “Who Knows One,” when it comes to the number “eleven”, the verse is: “Eleven are the stars.” The stars in the song refer to the stars in Joseph’s dream, but now, for us, eleven are the stars stand for those who were killed at Tree of Life synagogue: Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Irving Younger, and Melvin Wax.
Cantor Coyot shares a reflection (kavanah) on legacy and healing to remember Pittsburgh.
Cantorial Soloist, Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen offers a reflection (kavanah) on Solidarity Shabbat.
Congregant Sam Surloff shares his personal connection to Tree of Life and his sister's unexpected decision to stay home rather than attend shul on that tragic Saturday morning.