Category: Meaningful Life Messages

On Shavuot all forms of remembrance are important

— Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon, Jewish Home Manhattan.
Today is Friday, May 29.
Today is also the first day of Shavuot, the two-day Jewish harvest festival at the beginning of summer.

In the 26th chapter of Deuteronomy (verses 1-11), we read an early description of the holiday’s observance. There, when a person presents that season’s first fruits at the ancient Temple, they make a brief speech to the priest recounting their interwoven personal and national history. It evokes the pioneering journeys of Abraham and Sarah, the people’s enslavement in Egypt, the eventual liberation, the Israelite’s wandering and providence in the wilderness. And finally, it connects to their ongoing life in the land, a land famously flowing with milk and honey. 

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This evening we begin the Jewish festival of Shavuot

—Rabbi Sandy Bogin
Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home – Westchester

May 28, 2020
Good afternoon, everyone.
I invite you all to pause if you can, from what you are doing for a moment.

This evening we begin the Jewish festival of Shavuot. Another holiday that we are not able to celebrate in the usual manner of gathering friends and family in a synagogue and at home. Passover, Easter, Eid al-Fitr — other holy days that we were not able to celebrate in our usual ways this spring.

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All Through The Night — Welcoming Shavuot

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon, Jewish Home Manhattan.

Today is Thursday, May 28. 

When I was young, I thought staying up late was a magical thing. What mysteries would I discover, after bedtime? The first New Year’s Eve I was both allowed to (and succeeded to) make it all the way to midnight, I felt I had been initiated into a secret club of grown-ups. Not until college did I learn that procrastinators up against deadlines could become quite familiar with all-nighters. And the wee hours from two to five am are very different when you don’t want to be awake. Taking care of newborns or struggling with insomnia can bring a kind of hopeless desperation — why can’t I just close my eyes and go back to sleep?!

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Tangible expressions of care and manifestations of our ethical duties

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon Jewish Home Manhattan

Today is Thursday, May 21st. 

Some days are easy. Others test us. Today is a day that really tests us. And by that I mean, today is the day when all staff begins being literally tested for COVID-19—twice a week—to ensure that our workforce stays as healthy as possible while we provide loving care to all those who live at The New Jewish Home.

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Compassion asks us to go where it hurts

—Rabbi Sandy Bogin
Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home – Westchester

Good afternoon everyone.

I invite you all to pause for a moment. It is a beautiful day. The sun is shining and it’s finally beginning to feel like spring. 

One thing we know for sure these days, is that the only thing we can count on is change. Every week, every day, our lives and the world around us are changing.

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Attention is the most basic form of love

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Evening Jewish Home Manhattan

Today is Wednesday May 20th.

Let’s talk about multi-tasking — trying to do more than one thing at a time. Some people love the idea of it, accomplishing two (or more) things at once. Some people are suspicious. They know it’s more likely to mean that neither thing will get done as well as it should.

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Take a moment to notice and appreciate what you have learned

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Hello Jewish Home Manhattan. 

This is Tuesday May 19.

Where am I catching you today? For most of us most of the time, it takes little to no effort to place ourselves in our surroundings. We know who we are. We know our history. We know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. We know what we care about and what we don’t, what we like and what turns us off. 

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