Finding Your Letter of the Torah

“’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.”


Modim Anachnu: We Acknowledge and We Give Thanks

Rabbi Shira Gluck delves into the history of Thanksgiving, and encourages us to “not let Thanksgiving be the only thing we know about indigenous Americans!” She enjoins us to acknowledge our historical reality, for “our expressions of thanks are more powerful when we acknowledge what made them possible.”


Parashat Nitzavim: ​Being Present Before God and Community

On Yom Kippur, Rabbi Shira Gluck discussed Parashat Nitzavim, in which Moses called up the Israelites to be “fully present” to affirm their covenant with God. “Nitzavim calls to each one of us to assume our place in the assembly of Israel. As your newest rabbi, I am here to help each of you find your place.”


The Blessings and Responsibility of Privilege

Rabbi Shira Gluck examines the personal responsibility everyone has — regardless of their status or position — to consider more than their own wants and needs. She also explores the difference between privilege and entitlement: “We are not entitled to do whatever we want, but the privilege we enjoy as God’s beloved people is that when we do atone, God will accept our t’shuvah​ readily and with love.”