Rabbi Yergin's Inspiration Blog


September 2015

Uzbekistan Jews

Uzbekistan Interlude –

So cool!



This was sent to me in a text message from a friend who explained that things like this are so helpful for him. I have to agree.

It is by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.

Where you stumble,
there lies your treasure.

The very cave you are afraid to enter
turns out to be the source of
what you are looking for.

from A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living.

Prayer in Time of Anger

After Rabbi Samuel Stahl heard my High Holy Day sermon on Rosh Hashanah 2015/5776, he told me that he had a prayer he wanted me to read. Today, on Sukkot, he handed me that prayer.  He had decided to change it a little bit so that it was really for me.  The first paragraph is his adaptation and the rest is the prayer that he found for me.

This is one of the most powerful gifts I have ever received.

Prayer in Time of Anger

I am angry about my father’s death;
angry that his body was imperfect, angry that it
imposed certain limitations,
angry that it sets me apart from people who are blessed with
two living parents.

Sometimes I even feel angry at You, God.
Why did You allow this misery to
come to me in the first place? (Or did

Understand my need to express rage.
Be patient while I rid myself of this wrath.
Be forgiving
while I learn to let go of feeling angry at You.

Lead me to peace.
Grant me the assurance of Your unfailing protection and
Your everlasting love.

After Shiva — or any time in mourning

An incredible poem by Alden Solovy that highlights the difficulty of the end of shiva.

However, I have also found it to be relevant some time afterwards as well.

After Shiva

Hard Mournings

This prayer by Alden Solovy is very real and honest.  I love it.

Hard Mournings

URJ Statement on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the Current Political Discourse | RJ Blog

Fantastic statement!

Torah Art Project and Lesson Plan

I LOVE this idea!

People Judge Me Because I’m Pretty

Posted by a friend of mine, I felt like I should share this. He posted a response by Kristin Kutcher to the above article.

“[Kristin’s] response is more clearly articulated than the original article, and is worth considering.

The short version is a person’s body(shape, height, or size) should not be the basis of how we judge their value. That includes others that we think are “too thin,” “too fat,” “too short,”
or too anything…

One only needs to peruse the first few comments on Felicia’s article to see her point(although poorly written) proven; there is far too much focus on people’s appearance.”

Continue reading “People Judge Me Because I’m Pretty”

Kvetch or Kvell: The Post Yom Kippur Conundrum – Rabbi Paul Kipnes

This is great advice, but I also have to say that I have received so much positive feedback from my congregants that they have absolutely chosen the Kvell route. Thank you to Rabbi Kipnes for writing this.

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