What Are We Doing Here?

Since the time I was very young, I have always been captivated by the idea of revelation — how do you get God to talk to you?  What’s it like to feel God’s presence?  What is it that God ultimately expects of us — how can each of us know what are the higher and holier purposes of our lives.

As the senior rabbi of Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Florida, my life and work is centered around trying to find the answers to these questions.  Judaism — its texts and traditions — is the portal through which we can begin the divine process of discovering life’s deepest meaning and richest happiness.  The study and practice of Judaism has the power to awaken in each of us a larger vision of what life can mean.  The  challenge is to create modes of Jewish life and living that synthesize the powerful wisdom and insights of the tradition from which we’re from with the world in which we live.

The purpose of this blog is to explore that synthesis — to help us to understand how Judaism can inspire a sense of holiness and spirituality in our often complex and complicated lives.  It is my hope that our conversation here will help each of us to better understand ourselves, and to connect more deeply to a sense of God’s presence through our Jewish tradition.

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