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Posts by Rabbi Nicole Guzik

Do You Feel Helpless?


Do you feel helpless? Every day we are barraged with a disregard for life, a reckless destruction of humanity. Why are human beings so egotistical to determine when and where life should cease? No human being should fear another; God should be the only determinant of when life begins and when life ends. Psalm 121 reads, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills; from where does help come? Help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” A raw, anguished cry for help, the Psalmist searches for answers from heaven above. Today, our voices echo the Psalmist….

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Are You an Owner or a Renter?


I recently sat with a Jewish professional and she challenged me to think about those phrases: do those that take part of our faith communities see themselves as owners or renters? An owner is a stakeholder. Someone that sees value in defining the mission of the synagogue, setting achievable goals, volunteering, planning events, all of which assists the clergy person in holy works of engagement. A renter floats. A renter stops in, partakes in a service or two but doesn’t see himself as someone that wishes to invest time, money or effort. A renter sees the synagogue as a “place”…

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Terrorists Won’t Drive Us Out


“ ‘We will strengthen this place,’ ” Netanyahu told the grieving family as he vowed that terrorism would not drive Israelis out of their homes. ‘We will make it stronger. I will sit with the defense minister and we will decide how to strengthen the community.’ ”

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