Mishkan Blog

Pain, Suffering, and Sunshine

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just Yom Kippur on which Jews avoid food and drink for a day of seriousness and self-reflection– turns out there are five fast days throughout the year and today is one of them:  the 17th of Tammuz. The 17th of Tammuz, a fast day...

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Strategic Planning Process Reveal

We have some some exciting news we want to share with the community: we are entering into a strategic planning process! You might be asking yourselves, "Well, what exactly does that mean?" Great question! It means that our board and staff are going to take some time...

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Sweat, Tears & New Beginnings

This year more than most, the dialectical tension at the heart of the Passover story feels real. The greens represent freshness and innocence, yet the salt water represents tears. The matzah represents freedom, and it reminds us, in every bite, that we know...

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Wherever You Live, It’s Probably Egypt

JOIN HANDS AND START MARCHING As we read the first chapters in the book of Exodus this Shabbos, our country has ushered in a new set of leaders. A day that once seemed impossibly far off, a surreal and distant unlikelihood, has arrived. I'm always astounded by the...

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Light Up Your Consciousness

Hanukkah Blessings from the Jewish Emergent Network Why do we add a candle for each night of Hanukkah?  As Hillel the Sage once said, l’ma’alin b’kodesh, to increase the sacred: every act we perform should increase holiness in the world. We add a candle each night to...

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