Grief and Action

From Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz 12/18/2012

I went to pick up my son, Daniel, from elementary school today to take him to a doctor’s appointment. I rang the bell and waited to be buzzed in by security. I stared at the door, taking note of its sturdiness, wanting to believe it could truly provide protection from a tragedy. Thinking about Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT is overwhelming.  Perhaps one of the parents had planned to pick up a child last Friday for a doctor’s appointment.

I hugged my boys a bit tighter this weekend.

Light Over Darkness

Hanukkah 5773
From Rabbi Dantowitz 12/10/2012

The familiar Hanukkah story of the miracle of the oil resonates in many ways.  As we increase the light each night of Hanukkah, so too do we strengthen ourselves by drawing warmth from one another. In this post-storm Sandy season of Hanukkah, many of us are still adjusting from the loss of power last month.

A Declaration of Faith-Sh’ma Yisrael

9 Heshvan 5773 -October 25, 2012

By Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz

While leading Tefila for the 2nd graders last week, we spent time exploring the powerful words of the Sh’ma. I asked them what sound the word begins with “shhh” and what it means to be quiet before we say something. One responded, it’s so you can really listen. Great I said.

You ARE the Instruction Manual

Submitted by Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz 9/5/2012

I spent a couple of days in Chicago in August. It’s a great city---lakes, art, wind and a really good friend from college. But I confess, I missed out on most of that to avail myself of another amazing learning opportunity. I am happy to be a newly trained faculty member of the Melton School.

Read no further until you spend 60 seconds watching this video:

Past and Present

From Rabbi Dantowitz  8/16/2012

One of the amazing things about spending time in Israel this summer was to see the lines of connection between past and present.

Scene One:
Learning at the Hartman Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem on “Dilemmas of Faith: God and Spirituality in the Modern World,” ancient texts were explored to explore current (and old) challenges.  One session taught by Rachel Korazim was “Faith after the Holocaust: A Perspective from Israeli Literature.”

As Rachel taught a poem I first learned in rab