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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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Greetings, friends

I hope  everyone had a great valentine’s day – a day of love and chocolate – and what could be better?
 
We are but a week from the great holiday of Purim – the genocide that failed and that brought together Jews throughout the largest empire the world had ever seen – the Persian empire built by Darius the Great – known as the king of kings, whose son Xerxes, of 300 Spartan fame, married the Jewish girl Hadassah, renamed Esther and was instrumental in stopping the planned carnage.
 
It is an amazing story – in which the first strong female of the Bible, the first feminist perhaps, is displayed; a story recounted in the biblical book of Esther, found in The Writings – and I will be reading it for our channel a little later in the week.
 
It is a holiday of celebration, of life, of hopes, dreams and wishes and has been celebrated annually since the events of 480 before the common era.  Because of its celebratory nature and the donning of costumes, it is referred to as the Jewish Halloween but instead of ghouls, ghosts and goblins – we dress as who we would like to be; which face we want to show the world.
 
So make sure you join us at the end of the week to celebrate the great holiday – a date chosen by lot, the pur, by the roll of the dice.
 
This week, as Moses is on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights, we read the instructions for the tabernacle and all its accoutrements – in fact there is more about the Tabernacle and its contents than any other subject in the Torah and the one item that captures the hearts, minds and souls of everyone is the Ark of the Covenant.  We first hear of it here and later we will see it built.
 
Come enjoy the description of the creation of the throne of G0d and thank you for joining me and sharing your time and space and please feel free to share this email and audio with any you think might enjoy it, and of course enjoy all of our past  audio and video episodes which are  available on our YouTube channel.   
 
This episode will be posted shortly on our channel – click here to watch the Rabbi David Gellman Showin the 2021 cycle.
 
And if you are one of the people this was sent to by a friend and want to receive it yourself, let me know and I will add you to my mailing list.
 
Thank you all for allowing me into your homes, into your electronic devices, into your hearts – as you are all with me in mine –
 
Be well, be happy, be healthy, be free, be kind, be forgiving, be compassionate, be independent of mind and deed, be mindful of your intentions and be good to yourself.  Continue to celebrate freedom of choice in your life and do not give in to fear and enjoy the peace that comes from acceptance – and as always – if you have any questions or suggestions or just want to say “hi”, please send me an email.  I love hearing from you.
 
And remember anytime  you do not want to receive these anymore, please send me an email so I can remove you.  And know –  that I truly appreciate your sharing your sacred time with me.
 
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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