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An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

A Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

A Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

A Message from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Thought from Rabbi Annie Tucker

A Place to Hide (Refugee Shabbat)

Rabbi Tucker

All Is Forgiven

Rabbi Tucker

A Life of Goodness

An Erev Shabbat Thought from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Thought from Rabbi Annie Tucker

An Erev Shabbat Thought from Rabbi Annie Tucker

May 25, 2018 |  I Scream, You Scream III

Rabbi Tucker

June 21st may be the official start of summer, but to me Memorial Day has always seemed to signal its beginning.  And so, in honor of the holiday weekend, I’m excited to announce our long awaited line-up for Ice Cream Office Hours 2018 beginning in just a few weeks.  This year’s list has some perennial favorites along with a few newcomers and features two evening gatherings in response to feedback from those who work or are otherwise occupied during the day.  Bring your friends, your kids, your neighbors who may be shul-shopping!  Continue Reading -->

Counting Up

These days you can do just about anything on a smart phone!  And this includes, evidently, creating a customizable count-down clock which will tick off the seconds, minutes, hours, and days until an occasion of your choosing.  Not surprisingly, lifecycle events such as weddings or the birth of a child tend to be most popular for this kind of treatment along with peak moments like retirement, although some of the online count-down clocks I saw marked time until baseball season or Thanksgiving or even tax day (presumably for planning purposes rather than out of sheer joy for April 15).  Happiness research indicates that looking forward to a special event, like a big vacation, can be almost as pleasurable as the event itself.  As much as we try to live in the moment, we also like to look ahead and anticipate joyful times in our lives. Continue Reading ---> 

A Military Minyan

Earlier this week, at a hotel in downtown Memphis, I davened Shacharith with a minyan of military men and women.  This was not my first time praying with members of the armed forces -- last year on our BHBE Family Trip to Israel I had the great privilege of offering the Mi Sheberach for Soldiers to a group of young men defending our Northern border with Syria -- but what made this experience unique for me is that the individuals in this minyan were all rabbis, men and women working as U.S. military chaplains both here and abroad.  As the chaplains explained it to me, their role is to serve Jews who serve - as we do at a rate roughly proportional to our composition in the general population (if not a little bit higher).  They cannot think of a higher purpose for their life's work and, having been with them for two days, neither can I! Continue reading -->

 

Treasures

During years of scarcity King Monobaz spent all of his own treasures and the treasures of his ancestors on tzedakah (giving to others).  His brother and members of his family joined together in reproaching him, “Your ancestors stored away treasures adding to the treasures of your ancestors, and you squander them!”  He replied, “My ancestors stored away in a place where the hand of others can prevail, while I have stored away in a place where the hand of others cannot prevail.  My ancestors stored away something that produces no fruit, while I have stored away something that does produce fruit.  My ancestors stored away treasures of money, while I have stored away treasures of souls…My ancestors stored away for this world, while I have stored away for the world to come.”                                                                      -Babylonian Talmud Bava Batra 11b as told in A Day Apart by Noam Sachs Zion and Shawn Fields-Meyer

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The Failure Contest

Earn $500 by making a mistake.  This, essentially, is the premise of OpenMarkets Health’s monthly “Failure Contest,” an innovation brought to the company by BHBE’s own Michael Fineberg who serves as the organization’s CEO.  After noticing his development team bury a minor data leak that occurred during software deployment, Fineberg realized how important it is not only for employees to refrain from hiding mistakes but also for them to actively share their errors so as to grow from past experience and encourage a culture of experimentation.  So he started to do the counter-intuitive thing and incentivize failure, encouraging team members to acknowledge when an error has occurred, explain lessons learned, and detail how they will work with others to prevent similar mistakes in the future.  Each month’s biggest blunder receives $500 and is greeted by a round of enthusiastic applause at the company’s staff meeting.  The wisdom gained from the mistake, presumably, has an even greater reward and more enduring payoff! Continue Reading --> 

April 14, 2018 | Happy 70th Israel!

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks tells the story of Napoleon, once passing a synagogue on the somber day of Tisha B’Av, who was struck by sounds of crying and wailing emanating from inside the building.  “What are the Jews mourning?” he asked one of his officers.  “They are grieving for Jerusalem,” came back the reply.  “And how long ago did the Jews lose Jerusalem?” asked Napoleon.  “More than 1700 years ago,” the soldier answered.  Napoleon was quiet for a moment and then said softly, “A people that remembers a place for so long will one day have it restored to them.”  And so, of course, it has come to pass in our time! Continue Reading -->

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