The Incredible Story of the Town of Mackay

The Incredible Story of the Town of Mackay

Mackay, Idaho, was a copper and silver mining town. “There were over 1,200 people living on this mountain,” Mayor Wayne Olsen said to CBS News in a recent interview. “Now it’s just the squirrels.” Over the years, the town’s population dwindled,...
URGENT OR IMPORTANT

URGENT OR IMPORTANT

(a de-stressing pre-holiday thought) The lead up to the High Holidays is a stressful time for all. Rabbi’s are busy putting their sermons together, cantors are tuning up their voices. Jewish homes are preparing brisket or other delicious delights, families are getting...
Jewish Confession – I Matter

Jewish Confession – I Matter

I matter. I acknowledge and am aware of the beauty of my soul, the depth of my character, the holiness of my existence, and the potential that exists within me. Because of this, I am pained by those parts of my life that I feel aren’t the real me. I feel ashamed...
Dealing with Our Inner Demons

Dealing with Our Inner Demons

Parsha Ki Teitzei says: “When you will go out to make war on (lit., above) your enemies …” (Deut. 20:1) Sometimes people encounter enemies in the world, those from whom they need to protect themselves. On an allegorical level, you can also ask who your inner enemies...
Fund Your Judges

Fund Your Judges

Parsha Shoftim (Judges) tells us: “You shall place Judges and [judicial] enforcers at all your city gates…” (Deuteronomy16:18). This is also interpreted as applying to each individual as well, since each of us is a small city (Ecclesiastics 9:14). How do we know what...
Getting to Know G-d at the Rock Slide

Getting to Know G-d at the Rock Slide

As a last summer hurrah, we took the kids to Tallulah Gorge Sliding Rock.  If you’ve been to Talulah gorge, after crossing the suspension bridge you go down a couple of hundred steps until you get to the base of the gorge.  That’s just the beginning of the journey....