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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 center 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 interfaith branch of the UOUFC and is the ‎community that Rabbi David Gellman serves.

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“I’ve known David practically my whole life, and he knew my mom and my family, so he was the obvious choice to provide the funeral service for my mother, Miriam Stein. He did a very, very nice job, was very personal, and made sure everyone was included—as I knew he would. Thank you, David.”

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The spies—

Greetings friends

I hope you all had a great Father’s Day, celebrated the pater familias, and took a moment to honor juneteenth – the modern-day 15th of nisan.  It is a day celebrated as one that marked the end of slavery in the United States, as the 15th of nisan marked freedom from slavery and fear under pharaoh.  Freedom from slavery should always be celebrated, and whatever day you finally become free from the self-imposed fear and slavery that limits you – you should celebrate that too.  That is the personal pharaoh we each need to overcome.

Many still live in fear, and these days fear from so many things beyond our control can affect us – like the state of the economy, inflation, and the deadly effects we are having on the earth and its climate, which can be generational.  We are to help heal the world, not destroy it.

And part of that healing was in celebrating the summer solstice and change of season.  At one time, the calendar was depicted as a circle – representing the sun – with four dates represented by a cross. Those four dates were the solstices and equinoxes – holidays and spiritual events centered around them in all cultures and many still do – and each represented something – from spring representing the beginning of the year to fall being the time we examine ourselves to winter when we begin the search for light during the darkest time of the year to the summer when light is at its most abundant -, and so each of these dates stood for something, and the summer solstice – when light is at its greatest was the time of loss and abundance.  And it is both because we have the most amount of light available to use to examine – and light gives us the ability to see – to see the losses we have incurred and to see the great abundances we have.

And another great event of the past week was a first – Trumpet’s great win at the Westminster Dog Show – where the term “best in show” comes from.  It was the first bloodhound winner in its famous history – and you are all “best in show.”
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This week we read a story that is a wonderful metaphor for life, known by a misnomer.  We read shelach – send – referred to as the episode of the spies – but the men whom Moses sends are tribal leaders, not ordinary scouts. The function of their mission is not espionage but observation, to bring back a description of the land to their people. They are leaders. That is why their negativity when they return is so devastating. It is not just a disappointing bit of intelligence. It is an utter failure to lead and encourage.  We expect better of our leaders.  We still do.

We think of two groups – we think of James Bond, Simon Templar, Mata Hari, James West – and Churchill, Roosevelt, Elizabeth Regina, Gandhi, Kennedy, Nixon.

The former were spies – they hold a special place in our hearts and minds – the latter – chieftains – heads of state, leaders.

The leaders observed and reported back to the people; the leaders were there – the promised land – but their fear – the great inheritance from Jacob kept them from the realization of their dreams.

Friends – Don’t let it stop you.

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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 the fear which is so prevalent, 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.

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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 unique individuality and your incredible awesomeness.

Continue celebrating love; continue celebrating freedom; send renewal and goodwill out to everyone in the world – it is an energy that cannot be stopped – and remember – your world is what you make it.  Just wish upon a star and continue to be a miracle in someone’s life and light the light of love and feel free to join us for any of our virtual services.

Blessings
RD

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