Dvar Torah given by Rabbi Kosak during Kabbalat Shabbat Service on Friday, November 27. Friday night’s talk is: Jacob’s Birthright: We Only Own What We Give Away. Approx 7:19 minutes long. Dvar Torah given by CNS member Gail Sherman at Shabbat Service on Saturday, November 28. Approx 14:05 minutes long. Recorded and edited by Ed Kraus.
A recording from our Shabbat Service from November 21, 2015 of what Rabbi Kosak called a "bibliodrama" dvar. Several congregants took part in reading different interpretations of Joseph's dream, and the congregation discussed together the possible meanings of the verse. Approx 22:44 mins long.
I am sure many of our hearts are still heavy from last week’s gruesome attacks in Paris, and yesterday’s heartrending attacks in Israel. To be a citizen of the world poses many challenges to us. How do we remain open to horror that occurs halfway around the world when it sometimes seems that this is all the news brings us? How do we place it in some sort of proper perspective? How do we keep ... Read More
I'd like to share two occasions in which I took part this past week. The first was a family outing to the Oregon Historical Society on Veteran's Day. There was a powerful display on World War II and on the American "propaganda" posters of both world wars. I was moved by both, given hope and also saddened.
The December 2015 issue of Psychology Today has an interesting article about the science of first impressions. Among the striking findings is an argument that we humans have only developed the tools to "read people" over the last 13,000 years. Before the advent of agriculture and larger human settlements, we all lived in smaller tribal units where everyone was known.
Failure is unavoidable. The news media depend on this for their content, and we all know too well what our personal failings are. Most of us also don't enjoy the feeling of failure. Yet given its prevalence, and our continued survival as a species, failure seems essential for us as well. Why is that?