Rabbi’s Blog


While most people are familiar with the blessings and Debbie Friedman melody for havdalah, the ceremony includes a series of verses before these blessings. We will use this melody from the Modzitz community of Hasidim for these introductory verses before singing the familiar melody for the blessings. These verses come […]

Havdalah


We will begin using this melody from Mishkan Chicago for the final lines of the third psalm of Kabbalat Shabbat, Psalm 97. Most of the psalm is a description of God’s majesty over the earth, and the main theme is that God is supposed to instill some sort of justice. […]

Psalm 97


While many occasions require us to think about the clothes we wear, I think the hardest about what I’m going to wear when it comes time to do laundry. It’s a very specific type of outfit since it needs to be something that I’m not choosing to wash in that […]

Shalom Aleichem



The second psalm of Kabbalat Shabbat begins with another energetic call to worship: שִׁירוּ לַה’ שִׁיר חָדָשׁ שִׁירוּ לַה’ כָּל־הָאָרֶץ׃ Shiru l’Adonai shir hadash, shiru l’Adonai kol ha’aretz. Sing to Adonai a new song, sing to Adonai all the earth. There is a clear irony when we begin part of […]

Psalm 96: Can We Sing a New Song Every Week



After the shofar blasts during Rosh Hashanah, we recite the paragraph hayom harat olam. Because the Hebrew root hey-resh-hey refers to pregnancy and because of the tradition that world was created during this season, most prayer books translate the line as “Today is the birthday of the world.” This suggests […]

Hayom Harat Olam



During the High Holidays, we go through more words of prayer than any other time of year. The themes of creation, repentance, and awe inspired poets throughout the generation to expand the prayers with elaborate poems which blend biblical imagery and rabbinic interpretation in creative new ways to express many […]

Areshet S’fateinu


When I first moved to the Vancouver area about a month ago, I was awestruck by the distant sight of Mt. Baker. For the first few days, I did not notice the mountain off in the distance. The first time I saw it when I was crossing the bridge felt […]

Nishmat: How do We Pray?


Vancouver Daycare
Introducing Har El Daycare Centrally located on the beautiful North Shore and nestled in a pristine, natural environment, the North Shore Jewish Community Centre is pleased to introduce Har El Daycare, offering up to 25 childcare spaces with an enriched early learning environment for children 30 months to 5 years. […]

Introducing Har El Daycare