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Congregation Sha'arey Israel

A Conservative Jewish Congregation serving the spiritual needs of the Middle Georgia Jewish community since 1904

611 First Street, Macon, GA 31201
Phone: (478) 745-4571

A Word of Torah from the Rabbi

Between Yom Hashoah and Israeli Independence Day

  • Posted on May 21, 2017

The Amen Stone BY YEHUDA AMICHAI TRANSLATED BY CHANA BLOCH   On my desk there is a stone with the word “Amen” on it, a triangular fragment of stone from a Jewish graveyard destroyed many generations ago. The other fragments, hundreds upon hundreds, were scattered helter-skelter, and a great yearning, a longing without end, fills Continue Reading »

New Moon Psalm 104

  • Posted on May 17, 2017

Let me praise Adonai  – for You, Adonai my God, are surely great; clothed in glory and majesty, wrapped in a cloak of light, You stretch out the heavens like a sheet of cloth, set the rafters of the heights in the waters above, appoint clouds as Your chariot, and ride on the wings of Continue Reading »

Resident Alien – Helping the Stranger Settle In….

  • Posted on May 14, 2017

Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said, “I am a foreigner and stranger Continue Reading »

Story of Isaac

  • Posted on May 10, 2017

Story of Isaac Lyrics by Leonard Cohen The door it opened slowly My father he came in I was nine years old And he stood so tall above me His blue eyes they were shining And his voice was very cold He said, “I’ve had a vision And you know I’m strong and holy I Continue Reading »

Yehuda Amichai & The 10 Commandments

  • Posted on May 7, 2017

My father was God and didn’t know it. He gave me the Ten Commandments not in thunder and not in anger, not in fire and not in a cloud, but gently and with love. He added caresses and tender words, “Would you” and “please.” And chanted “remember” and “keep” with the same tune, and pleaded Continue Reading »

Tazri’a-Metsora: A Story of Awareness and Healing

  • Posted on April 26, 2017

Tazri’a-Metsora: A Story of Awareness and Healing Yardén Raber, Conservative Yeshiva Talmud Faculty The book of Leviticus (Sefer Vayikra ספר ויקרא) entails many difficulties for the modern reader. First, it can easily be conceived as a cluster of ritual laws that have little to do with our modern Jewish experience.  Second, the priestly image of the Continue Reading »

Leaving Egypt is Difficult

  • Posted on April 1, 2017

As Passover approaches we return to the annual rituals of preparation — for some folks that includes changing out dishes, shopping for Passover items (checking local selections, contemplating trips to Toco Hills), drawing up guest lists, preparing for our tribal Spring cleaning. Important as all those items are, I feel compelled to consider the more Continue Reading »

Tuning in to the Resonance of History

  • Posted on March 14, 2017

As I write these pre-Purim words, I’ve been thinking a lot about the powerful play several of us (shul and Temple member, and a few other friends) took in at the Alliance Theater. I’m referring to The Temple Bombing, based on the novel (2006, same title) by Melissa Faye Greene. I confess to not having Continue Reading »

Moments of Gratitude

  • Posted on September 1, 2016

New beginning bristle with the joy of discovery and the power of renewal. That’s what moves us to rousingly chant Shehechiyanu שהחיינו שat b’nei mitzvah and anniversaries. And the first time we enjoy a fruit in season. And the moment we affix a mezuzah to the front door of a new home. Our brand new Continue Reading »

Soon We Will Complete our Counting of the 49 Days of the Omer

  • Posted on June 2, 2016

We will celebrate Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks. In the Torah Sha-vuot celebrates the bikurim בכורים, the first fruits. Our sages refashioned Shavuot into z’man matan torateinu זמן מתן תורתנו the time of the giving of the Torah. Each year we have an opportunity to prepare ourselves anew to receive Torah. The bimah becomes Mount Continue Reading »

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