"Attuning ourselves to the small miracles of everyday life may help us move forward,” says Rabbi Shira Gluck. "This can be a sprout of hope as we wander the wilderness of this time, as our ancestors wandered the wilderness of Sinai.”
On Shabbat Shekalim, we read that each Israelite was required to contribute a half-shekel as an offering to God. “The half-shekel is about each Israelite having representation and an equal voice,” says Rabbi Shira Gluck. As Jews outside of Israel, we can make our voices heard by voting in the World Zionist Congress elections.
“’Let my people go!’ isn't complete,” says Rabbi Shira Gluck at a special Kabbalat Shabbat in her honor. “The full message that Moses and Aaron delivered to Pharaoh: was, ‘Let my people go that they may worship me.’ Israel is meant to worship together as one. Just as the very first chag l'Adonai was a gathering to celebrate the Eternal, this Shabbat is a celebration of us — and the sacred relationship between rabbi and congregation.”
Hanukkah is a time to ask “How to be a Jew in the world?” says Rabbi Shira Gluck. “Even some of the Maccabees had Greek names. The story of Hanukkah is not as simple as ‘us versus them.’”