Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs, self-awareness, personal enlightenment, Jewish meditation,mindfulness, happiness

It’s Time For You To Become Enlightened!

Have you ever gone through a day and when it’s time to go to bed, you stop and ask yourself, ‘where did the day go and what did I do with myself?’ If so, then you’re not alone. Millions of people get up in the morning and continue through their day without ever pausing to appreciate the blessings in their …

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

I love documentary movies. I watch them voraciously. Truly, it doesn’t matter the topic – it can be true crime, environmental, political, religious…doesn’t matter to me. I just love finding out new information and learning new things. So, when a close friend asked me to participate in a panel discussion about a “documentary-like” film, I immediately agreed. I categorize the …

Doing Your Best With What You Have – An Inspirational Story

  I shared this story with my synagogue community as we welcomed the new Jewish year earlier this week: An old woman had two water cans which were attached to a yoke. Each day she put the yoke over her shoulders and went down to the river, filled the cans, and walked back to her modest hut. The water can …

Grateful To Be Alive

Today I am grateful to be alive. That’s it. Nothing fancy, nothing deep. I’m just grateful and blessed that I am healthy and here. I think about it a lot this time of year. One reason is because in a couple of days some of us celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days in which we ask God to “inscribe us in …