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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.

Greetings friends

We are in the ten days of awe.  Our names have been entered in the book of life and now we are facing the mirror of self.  We hope to be sealed in the book.

We have a few days still to forgive and to seek forgiveness; to examine ourselves; to return to the path of our personal righteousness.

 And as we get ready for it, we reach the end of the Torah and the conclusion of Moses great address with what is known as the song of Moses.

 It is an unsatisfying end to a great book but would have made a brilliant, Homeric introduction – calling on the muse and setting out the chain of events.

 We find out that God is in the hall of judgments, judging, just as right now we are presenting our case in the celestial hall of judgment.  It is a fantastic ending that becomes a brilliant beginning since we are about to start again.

 I will be preparing a Yom Kippur service video for you all and like the Rosh Hashanah one, it will be so you can incorporate all the elements and prayers but in a time that allows for your attention and intention to not stray.

 You will be able to lead a service for your family after watching it and explain the how’s and whys.  And I hope you are all still holding onto those four great lessons of life I spoke of  last week – trust, hope, confidence, and love.

 As usual, please enjoy the show and feel free to share this 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 is on our channel – click here to watch the Rabbi David Gellman Show

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 Thank you all once again for joining me, 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 the taste of freedom in your life and 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.

 Be good to yourself and others and enjoy love and life every day.  Determine the path you want to take and take it. Continue to fight off the barbarian at the gate and get together and love and share and care.  Take an extra minute and think before you speak.  Your words have a weight you did not realize.

 

Continue to conduct the examination of self and exercise the gift of  forgiveness – who do you need to forgive; who do you need to seek it from.  You do not even have to wait to be asked and you can make this a part of who you are all year long. 

 

And please, take the opportunity to call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and tell them what they mean; tell them that you love them.  People need to hear; do not expect them to simply “know”.  It is a wonderful habit to have and send in the names of those you want honored in the memorial service after yom kippur.

 

Enjoy and celebrate your life and the lives of others, and in doing, be safe my friends, be happy and may you all have a week of peace and love and make sure you also celebrate your own unique individuality and your incredible awesomeness. 

 

And let me wish you all – ketiva v’chatimah tovah – may you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.  I know you all will be.

Blessings

RD

 

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