Wednesday, September 30, 2020


Rabbi Nicole Guzik


Thanks for Listening

May this High Holy Days season be one of meaningful prayer, engaging lessons, poignant revelation and strong connections.

A 6 A.M. Wake-Up Call

Our family is in possession of an abundance of shofarot. Many, many shofars. During quarantine, our children took up chess, learned to swim and,...

To Our Teachers

Some superheroes wear capes and fly through the sky. Other superheroes manage classes of anxious, excited and confused students during a worldwide pandemic. This...

The Missing Piece

Some people lose socks in the laundry. Others constantly lose their spare key. My family can’t seem to assemble a complete puzzle. No matter...

Dream a Little Dream

Right now, many of us are looking for a little hope. Share your dream so that someone else can find theirs.

Birthday in Quarantine

Five months ago, I never would have imagined celebrating a birthday during a pandemic. Five months ago, I never would have imagined planning for...

Love in the Time of Pandemic

This pandemic has nothing in the face of true love. Not by COVID-19, not by quarantine, not by masks, not by an abundance of hand sanitizer.

Cherish the Small Comforts that Bring Your Joy in an Unsettled World

But to brace ourselves for the ongoing struggle, we must find those comforts that nourish, replenish and restore. 

Shielding the Pain

Sometimes the world is difficult. Sometimes we want to cry. Sometimes we just don’t know the answers.

An Open Letter to Jewish Parents About ‘Opting Out’

 A real community is one that upholds those who have fallen. A true community exists even when times are difficult and scary.

Don’t ‘Opt Out’ in COVID-19 Times

Phrases like “opting out” or “taking a break” don’t exist when you see yourself as a spark of a greater light that penetrates the darkest corners of this world.

Lessons From the Delivery Man

The world is heightened with emotion. When someone sneers or complains, it can feel like a snag at the soul. When someone smiles or...

Do You Like Your Name?

What kind of name do you hope to gain in this world? Are you known as a leader, thinker, doer, source of compassion, gossiper,...

The Time Capsule

When we were kids, my siblings and I created a time capsule. We put in pictures of ourselves, favorite phrases and sayings of 1989,...

Tales of Gardening

Our family decided to plant a garden. For those who know me, I’m not a gardener. I enjoy purchasing roses of different colors and...

Ready to Change the World

When your child is in “Zoom school,” the silver lining is watching him or her participate in class. The past few days, kindergarten students...

Just Listen

When we watched the rocket launch last week, my son remarked, “I wonder if the rocket is going to meet God.” His curiosity has been...

Am I Alive?

In this virtual programming world, there’s a new question many of us ask without realizing it: Am I live? We say this phrase in the context...

Smile Harder

As the song says, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” About two weeks ago, we received the notice that adults and children older than...

Mama Said There’ll Be Days Like This

“Mama said there’ll be days like this, There’ll be days like this, mama said. Mama said there’ll be days like this There’ll be days like this, my...

I Sound Like My Mother

In our new morning routine, I play the role of Henry’s teacher from 8:30-9:30 a.m. We color, build, garden, learn letters and do puzzles....

Stop and See the Roses

Look at a lot of Facebook and Instagram posts and you’ll see picture after picture of people’s gardens, patches of wildflowers that someone discovered...

Pacing Yourself

Admittedly, I’m not the runner in our household. My husband loves exploring different routes in Westwood, returning filled with awe over which sites he...

Light in the Darkness

Our world feels very dark. The slayings that took place at the kosher supermarket in New Jersey,  the desecration of Nessah Synagogue in Beverly...

Why I Left the Women’s March L.A.

To Emiliana Guereca and Deena Katz, Co-founders Women's March L.A. Dear Emiliana and Deena, There’s a rabbinic dictum, Dan lkaf zchut, give every person the benefit...

Marching as a Woman, as a Jew, as a Rabbi

I will be attending the Women’s March, Los Angeles on Jan. 19 and here’s why: In a forum convened by the American Jewish Committee, Emiliana...

Judaism and Mental Illness

This sermon was delivered at Sinai Temple on June 16.  There is a ritual that occurs during the Torah service, usually in between the third and...

Taking comfort in the light

Parashat Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35) My toddler children sleep with all of the lights on. I do not remember how it started. It could have been...

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