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Rabbi Lori Shapiro

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What Kol Nidre Was Like in a Cemetery

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Under a rising half-moon, 120 souls sat on tapestries laid out for them in between headstones, the marble stones and the names etched into them a visible reminder of where all of this ostensibly leads.

Why We Will Do Kol Nidre in a Cemetery this Year

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At sundown on Wednesday, I’m envisioning a whole group of us gathering in a solemn garden of eternity.

This Rosh Hashanah, Let Us Renew Our Breath

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As we enter a new year, the third calendar year in the Jewish calendar of the pandemic, I am haunted by the spiritual implications of COVID’s impact on our lives.

The Sukkot in Our Midst

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The sukkahs in our midst are a visible reminder of the formerly invisible homeless.

Can Mussar Help Us Repair the World?

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It’s not easy to look at our personal shortcomings. It is much more satisfying to take to the streets and demand others change before changing ourselves.

A Prayer for America on May 30, 2020

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May Our Tears Remind us of Our Collective Humanity; May Our Call for Justice be Reflected through Our Actions May We Pray not only Through our Feet but Through Our Hearts; May We See...

Redeeming Judgment: Disagree With Me

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We're living through emotional times. Many of us are wound so tightly by the state of the world, we’ve developed a tendency to be reckless...

An Encounter Meant to Happen

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There is something about New York City that drives me closer to my personal “d’mimah dakah” (still, small voice). That voice inside of me...

Life After Hate

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It wasn’t a coincidence that our live band played the song “Sympathy for the Devil” as congregants entered Yom Kippur services. There was a...

Awed by Days of Awe? Keep the Holiness Going

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At Open Temple’s break-the-fast meal in Venice, a young man introduced himself.   “I’m not Jewish, but I’ve been on a six-day fast and I...

Awash in Self-Obsession

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There’s a new mode of transportation in Venice, Calif. It’s called a Bird Scooter. For anyone who has a 3-year-old, these are motorized, adult...

Response to Dennis Prager

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When earlier last month Mr. Prager assailed against non-orthodox Judaism as not going deep enough with Torah, I championed his cause.

A Nunciation

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Today is Annunciation, the day on the Christian calendar that marks the announcement by the angel Gabriel that Mary would conceive and become the...

Soul Cycle

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White on White, the Soul Cycle storefront is the Apple Store of Fitness. It glows from within like the “Athletes” emerging from their classes....

Traif Shabbat

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I chose a Seventh Day Adventist church for several reasons: 1 – They meet on Shabbat.  Like Jewish Shabbat.  Like they are Christians who follow...

About

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Rabbi Lori Schneide Shapiro: Founder of The Open Temple centered in Venice, CA (www.opentemple.org), Lori's rabbinate is dedicated to reaching unaffiliated and intermarried families...

A Year of Living UnJewishly

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In the beginning, meaning starting today, I will spend a year living unJewishly.  I will check off the spiritual but not religious box, will...
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