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Spirit Speaks

Spirit Speaks

by Rabbi Jan Dodi

Friday, May 12, 2017

I Remember Mamma

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. My mom passed almost seven months ago. This will be my first without her. We didn’t have a good relationship, and near the end, we didn’t have one at all. Her mind slipped away, her worst attributes came to the surface, and it was difficult for all. But even then, the ritual continued. I would order her chocolate-covered strawberries to be delivered the day before. I would call on Mother’s Day and remind her of who I was. Sometimes she remembered, and sometimes she did not. But it didn’t matter, I remembered her.

Friday, April 28, 2017

I am Free

I am free. That was the theme of Passover this year. And the question was: What does it mean to be free? Responses to this simple question took a while for us to put together. We don’t often think of ourselves as free. We should. In my daily prayers I give thanks for making me free. But what is this freedom?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Remember to Say Thank You

The “attitude of gratitude” is a phrase being passed around on Facebook and in many religious establishments these days. But what is really meant by this phrase?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spirituality Is...

I attended a bar mitzvah this week. The young man spoke about his life journey. Coming from an interfaith home, he considered himself agnostic, later he recognized a spiritual awareness, and ended up becoming religious. This was an incredible journey and insight from a 13-year-old. It made me wonder. Could I have labeled myself as religious or spiritual or perhaps both at 13?

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