Yom Kippur 5776 (2015)

Choose Life! I have set before you Life and Death, blessing and curse. Choose Life! (Deuteronomy 30:19) Not just once a year, once a week or even each day, but every single moment we can choose Life. This means choosing to let go of a negative thought or judgment; it means choosing to live with … Continue reading Yom Kippur 5776 (2015)

High Holy Days

Rabbi Shefa has presented these High Holy Day teachings as sermons to various congregations. Rosh Hashanah Attention, Awareness and Devotion Dealing with Adversity A Meditation on Creation The Cheerios Miracle Paying Homage The Mystery of Forgiveness Akeda Torah Meditation (A High Holy Day Meditation) The Art of Celebration Facing the Music (A High Holy Day … Continue reading High Holy Days


Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:82 (Standing) The Israelites stand before God and receive the covenant. They are encouraged to step up to the blessings and challenges of Torah. THE BLESSING NITZAVIM TELLS US that we stand before God in our wholeness. This completeness infuses us with the fullness of vitality, presence and beauty that is necessary … Continue reading Nitzavim

Yom Kippur 5777 (2016)

Onward and Inward The advances of technology are truly astonishing. When I have a question, I go and ask the oracle — Google. When I want to see my grandson who is far away, we use FaceTime. My computer has become a portal to the wide, wide world. Now, I grew up watching The Jetsons, … Continue reading Yom Kippur 5777 (2016)