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Rabbi Nicole Guzik

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Rabbi Nicole Guzik is a rabbi at Sinai Temple. She can be reached at her Facebook page at Rabbi Nicole Guzik.

A Bisl Torah — Playing the Lottery

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Standing in a grocery store, I found myself with an extra dollar in my pocket. I looked around and, on a whim, decided to...

A Bisl Torah — Preparing for Light

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The Jewish month of Kislev ushers in Hannukah, the Festival of Lights. Our family spent the last few days dusting off our hannukiyah, cleaning...

A Bisl Torah – Stitches

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Due to an angry altercation between our son and a baseball, he received several stitches above his eye. He’s completely fine and we’ve now...

A Bisl Torah – Showing Up

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This week we memorialized a beloved member of our Sinai Temple community, Bart Kogan. Bart developed so many connections around the country, but each...

A Bisl Torah – What Do You Knead?

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This week, Sinai Akiba Academy put on their annual challah bake. We gathered, put the various ingredients together to mix our dough and schmoozed...

A Bisl Torah – Do You See It?

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On a recent neighborhood walk with my children and their classmates, my son’s friend called out, “Do you see it?” His mom and I...

A Bisl Torah – Sink or Swim

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How do boats float? One must wonder how equipped Noah was to build the ark. According to Archimedes’ Principle, a boat includes specific features to...

A Bisl Torah – Lingering

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There is a midrash that likens the chag of Shemini Atzeret to the image of a parent begging their child to stay a little...

A Bisl Torah — Stretching Your Sukkah

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I have a hypothesis as to the physical and symbolic challenge during Sukkot. Each year I hear the following: the poles aren’t fitting the...

A Bisl Torah – Praying and Building

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The days after Yom Kippur are both easy and hard. We are spiritually uplifted and spiritually exhausted. We’re fueled to jump into the new...

A Bisl Torah – A Prayerful Challenge

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At the heart of the Rosh Hashana service is the U-netaneh Tokef prayer. Famously known for the phrases: who will live and who will...

A Bisl Torah – It Takes a Village

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This week we are celebrating the bat mitzvah of our colleague’s daughter. The family hosted an online gathering of the women who have impacted...

A Bisl Torah – Come Closer

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There is an understanding that during this time of year, God comes closer. In spiritual proximity, God is explained to be “in the field”...

A Bisl Torah – Sweeter than Honey

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One of our Guzik-Sherman family traditions is displaying our apple and honey dishes. Over the years, we have collected a beautiful assortment—some of which...

A Bisl Torah – Getting Ready

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Last week, our clergy team stood on the corner of Wilshire and Beverly Glen, filming a pre-High Holy Day message for the community. Rabbi...

A Bisl Torah — The Second Day

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I am thoroughly enjoying the social media posts of children and grandchildren’s first day of school. The well-choreographed poses, clean shirts, and bright smiles....

Write Your Fortune

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In San Francisco, we received a great tip to visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Tucked within a decorated alley, we almost missed...

A Bisl Torah – The Middle Seat

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As we flew home to Los Angeles from Philadelphia, we noticed a young girl sitting between an older man and woman. The girl appeared to...

A Bisl Torah – Lessons from Putt Putt

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Our family spent a morning playing putt-putt. As someone with little patience during any kind of game, I am not an avid player. Unsure...

A Bisl Torah – A Little Bit of Both

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Another summer beach day. Sitting on the shore, I noticed two different kinds of people. First type: Those completely immersed in the waves. Running, splashing,...

A Bisl Torah – Locked In

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This week I finally have three kids under one roof. It feels as if summer can officially begin. As the three reunited, they ran...

A Bisl Torah – Get What You Need

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This week, our family spent a few hours at the beach. As we made our way to the sand, a woman was entertaining those...

A Bisl Torah – Mother Guilt

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Our children are at sleepaway camp. So far, we haven’t received any letters in the mail. I sent each kid with pre-addressed, pre-stamped postcards....

A Bisl Torah – The Curvy Bridge

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I have a deep fear of bridges. More accurately, I’m scared of bridges that stand looming over large pools of water or busy highways....

A Bisl Torah – A Summer Rain

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Growing up in California, I can say with some expertise that heavy rain is pretty infrequent. And when that rain arrives, the “storm” usually...

A Bisl Torah – Outside Our Door

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My morning ritual involves 15 minutes of uninterrupted coffee drinking, scrolling through emails and reading the news. On Wednesday morning, a few congregants had...

A Bisl Torah – Finding Your Words

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It is the last week of school in our Sinai Akiba Academy community. The night before my kindergartner’s graduation, we sat and created a word...

A Bisl Torah – Receiving

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The Gottman Institute, an organization dedicated to the repairing and rebuilding of relationships, is known for “Love Maps.” Through a couple’s journey, each partner...

A Bisl Torah – A Song of Lament

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On Sunday, I spent the day at the baseball field, watching my sons enjoy their favorite sport. At my older son’s game, the opposing...

A Bisl Torah – The Rabbi I Am

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This week I was honored to attend the rabbinic ordination at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. This also marks the 13th anniversary of...
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