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Our Beth Ruach congregation is built on the values of the Torah and the Talmud and we are united in our faith of Judaism and our support of Israel.

We support our congregation through Torah learning, Shabbat dinners, Jewish holidays celebrations and life-long learning our Jewish education to all ages.

Our congregation is made up of mostly interfaith families due to the rise in Jewish people marrying outside of their faith. As such, while grounded in Judaism, our congregation welcomes their spouses of all faiths and those with no faith, to join us in creating a diverse, vibrant spiritual community of individuals and families.

Through our teachings, work, and embrace, we aspire to keep the Jewish faith and traditions alive within these interfaith unions and be cherished by their extended families, so it may remain vibrant and alive into future generations.

We are affiliated with the Universal Oneness United Faith Canada. 

Universal Oneness United Faith Canada (“UOUFC”) is a spiritual centre that welcomes people from‎ all faiths and those of no faith. The UOUFC works to break down the barriers of religious intolerance. Congregation Beth Ruach is the Jewish inter-faith branch of the UOUFC and is the ‎community that Rabbi David Gellman serves.

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The wheel of time—

Greetings,  friends
 It is that time of the year – Birthday greetings for Brett and for Snoopy; well wishes for our dear friend Dave – who I had the pleasure of seeing the other day,  and of course let us all send love to mom who we celebrate next week.  For many this is the second year of estranged celebration – hampered by a plague that does more to the psyche of people than anyone could have imagined.

 Last week we were reminded of the forgiveness we all need to inculcate and express on a holiday dedicated to getting and giving that most important element of all and as my friend Peter reminded me is like an ancient Hawaiian practice – a forgiveness ritual based on four pillars – express that your are sorry and feel repentance; you have to ask forgiveness; express gratitude, which can be as simple as saying “thank you”; and express love, which is as simple as saying “I love you”.

 These are the same steps we take on Yom Kippur and any other time we feel the need to engage the forgiveness mechanism as exemplified in the bible by Esau and Yosef.  And we have taken these four pillars and made them into pillars of life – we all need something to do, regardless of age; we all need someone to love; we all need something to hope for; and we all need something to believe in.

 These steps are world changing because you change your world by improving your own little corner of it.

 This week we are reminded of the fixed times of G0d – they are the cycle of our year as we follow the wheel of time – and every week we take a little time to think about who, where, why we are and where we want to be; we begin the year with hope for freedom and plant seeds; we see growth and offer thanksgiving and care for others; we then take stock of ourselves; self-examine; forgive and seek forgiveness and then we reap the harvest of our year and celebrate life and get ready to rest in the winter so we can be renewed and begin again.

The fixed times – the sabbath; the Passover festival of freedom; the thanksgiving Shavuot; the days of examination and atonement and the final harvest of sukkot embracing the growth of our fields.  Our lives repeat this process every year, whether we are aware or not – so become a little more aware and put more intention into them.

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 Enjoy and celebrate your life and the lives of others, and in doing, be safe my friends, be happy and may you all sow the seeds of and reap the rewards of peace and love and miracles and make sure you also celebrate your own unique individuality and your incredible awesomeness. 

 And remember – your world is what you make it.  Just wish upon a star.

 Blessings and share your love

 RD

 

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