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Rabbi Sandra

Rabbi living in North Carolina. A Writer, Speaker @apbspeakers. Musician, 🌱 Vegan & 🇺🇸 Army Veteran. I also host a podcast called: Hineni (Here I Am)

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Enjoying a North Carolina Shabbat Evening . . . . . .

My piece in the @jdforward “In my days as a young black woman seeking equality for all, I was often told that if I didn’t love this country, I was welcome to leave. It didn’t matter that I was a veteran who proudly served her country..." Check it out the link is in the bio. . . . . . . . , , ,

Elon, North Carolina

As a a full moon approaches it doesn’t get any better than a Sunday night in North Carolina. Have a great week everybody. 📷 @susanhurrey . . . . .

I spent three days with these amazing people. Three days filled with singing, songwriting and friendship. During these three days I not only found my voice but also confidence and power. Thank you @sueradnerhorowitz for bringing us all together for the Jewish Songwriting Cooperative. . . . . . .

Lo Ta'avor - You Shall Not Pass One of the things that I love about the weekly Torah portion is that so often when I need a passage to speak to me about what is happening in our world today the words are there on the page and they jump out at me. This week we are in the Torah portion Chukat. Moses sends messengers to the king of Edom: and told the messengers to tell the King: “You know all the hardships that have befallen us; that our ancestors went down to Egypt, we lived in Egypt a long time, and that the Egyptians dealt harshly with us and our ancestors, we were slaves and we fled. Now we are in Kadesh, the town on the border of your territory. Allow us, to cross your country. But Edom, the King said No “You shall not pass through us, else we will go out against you with the sword.” The messengers then say we will pay for what we use, we only want to pass through your land on foot. The King again says no and brings out his heavily armed military against the Israelites. It’s not hard to draw a connection between this Torah portion and what is happening today in the U.S at our southern border. We as Jews must remember that we too were denied entry into this country. On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany. On the voyage were 937 passengers. Almost all were Jews fleeing from Nazi Germany. The passengers were denied entry to Canada, Cuba and the United States, Hundreds of these passengers later died in Nazi death camps. We could have saved them. This week's Torah portion should increase our empathy for the refugee, and for folks who are seeking asylum. We must learn from our history. And I've heard many say that we are a country of laws but this is not about the law it’s about doing what is moral, right and just. Shabbat Shalom Photo by Nitish Meena on @Unsplash

Asheville, North Carolina

An amazing day in Asheville. I got to meet a musical shereo of mine @thespoonlady and meet up with a friend @kianayasuhara1970 and listened to buskers.

Eno River State Park

We spent the 50th anniversary of hiking some of the trails in North Carolina. 50 years ago we would be murdered for all that we are today. Happy Pride 🏳️‍🌈 and sending all of my love to folks who remember when it wasn’t cool to support people and/or couples

Thank you this is such an honor. I love month Posted @withrepost@hey.alma 14 Jews who changed history forever 🏳️‍🌈✡️✨

Judaism recognizes that even our greatest examples of human beings have their flaws. Humans were never meant to be perfect and perfection is reserved for the Divine. Knowing this, we have been given the means to atone for our wrongdoing and to do "Teshuvah, meaning "return or turn onto the right path.” In this week’s Parshah Naso, Moses is told that part of the process when a person realizes they have done wrong toward another and they want to make amends is to “confess the wrong that has been done” and to make restitution Compare that with only asking God to forgives us for the wrong we have done to others or the modern style nonapology from many of our civic leaders saying "mistakes were made" (as if they were done by an anonymous third party) or the more passive apology "if you were offended," which puts the flaw on the recipient. So, even in biblical times, if a person didn't admit their wrongdoing to themselves or those he/she harmed they were not forgiven. Our actions are important and when we harm someone we must seek forgiveness and make restitution.⠀ Shabbat Shalom⠀

On the holiday of Shavuot, we receive not only the 10 Commandments but the entire Torah. We read from the Book of Ruth about a poor marginalized woman who had nothing, and very few options to improve her life. Ruth pretty much existed on the welfare of the time by gleaning the fields so that she and her mother-in-law Naomi could eat. Ruth, the outsider, the convert, the poor woman who would become the great-grandmother to King David. We also read from the Torah portion of Yitro, named after Moses’ non-Jewish father-in-law. Yitro who would go on to tell Moses to recruit suitable people, and appoint them as judges. Yitro proposes a system of Judges similar to our modern day Judicial system. Yitro understood that what is needed in order to make the Torah work for the people is a judicial system made up of many people who will, speak with more than one voice, and look at the Torah with more than one worldview. Yitro understood that the Torah of one person even a Moses is not the Torah of a nation. We have always been a community of many. A community made up of many diverse voices. Many of us sit on the margins of our society and many of us sit on the margins of Jewish life. On this holiday let’s continue to lift up the voices of Jews who are on the margins of Jewish life. Diversity enriches our communities and makes us stronger. Lift up the voices of those who are marginalized in our communities so that we can continue to be a Torah of many. Hag Sameach 📷 Aaron Hodge Greenberg aka @artistaviv Translation: “anyone who destroys a life is considered by Scripture to have destroyed an entire world; and anyone who saves a life is as if he saved an entire world."

Elon Hillel

Posted @withrepost@elonhillel At Elon Hillel, we cherish and respect our community members for who they are. Happy pride month to all! . . . . . . . . .

Elon Hillel

Approaching Shabbat and with a sense of gratitude. I’m closing out my first year as a rabbi and approaching my first year at @elonuniversity and @elonhillel. I’m grateful that I get to work with amazing people like Betsy who give me the flexibility and freedom to experiment and be creative. Shabbat Shalom

Today is 42 days of counting the Omer. Shechina Sh’b Yesod Leadership within a foundation. It’s Shabbat and the first day of month: Let’s lay the groundwork, plant the seeds for the next generation and make the world better than we found it, on our way to Stonewall and on our way to revelation.

Elon Schar Center

It’s been a great year working these folks. You all are so awesome. I’m adding my reflection because I think it fits with my year of getting to know these awesome people. ⠀ ⠀ Today is 41 days of counting the Omer Yesod Sh’b Yesod: Building a foundation within connections. Thinking about the connections we form in the relationships we make with others. We are meant to connect with each other and these connections form in us like roots on trees, grounding us and shaping us into wonderful and beautiful human beings.

Eno River State Park

Today is 36 days of counting the Omer: Chesed sh’b Yesod. Today we enter a day of love and kindness in a week filled with creativity, structure, and bonding. The creation of the world was an act of love a gift to us all and it is up to us to finish the work of creation and be co-creators with God. Today I give myself permission to use all of my creative powers to do good and to make the world a spiritually better place, reminding myself that we humans were created in the image of God. Today was also an awesome day for a seven mile hike at Eno River State Park with my love Susan which allows us to focus on the Yesod (bonding) on love and bonding by doing things that we love which help us stay connected.

Me in Ragalia for the @elonuniversity @elonimedia commencement ceremony. I’m so honored to be here.

Today is 30 days of the Omer: Gevurah Sh’b Hod: Strength and discipline within humility. ⠀ Today I reminded that whatever strengths and talents I have ce from discipline, hard work and from my ability to be humble. To humble oneself requires strength I say this because asking for help is not something that comes easy for me. And most successes in my life have not come easy. I’ve learned that when I have struggled and faced many challenges I have had to stand humbly before another and ask for help. And when challenges seem like there can be no end I have stood humbly before the Divine and asked for guidance and without fail, I shown a path that has been lit for me and will guide me. Photo by @jakeblucker on @unsplash . . . . . . . . .

Eno River State Park

Today we begin the fifth week of counting the Omer. A week of humility and a week of saying "Thank You." Today is 29 days of the Omer: Chesed Sh’b Hod. Love, kindness, grace and compassion within Humility Today is Pesach Sheni, the Second Passover an opportunity for those who could not celebrate the holiday to have a second opportunity to do so and many see today as an opportunity to make up for past mistakes. Today I grateful to the kindness shown by others and the constant reminder that I do not have to walk this journey of otherness alone. When we humble ourselves we are open and ready to receive love, kindness, grace, and compassion. . . . . . .

Elon University's Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

This has been an amazing year working with these folks at @truittcenter at @elonuniversity congratulations to the class of 2019.

Reconstructing Judaism

This time last year I was turning in my final papers for rabbinical school and today I’m a rabbi. I’ve been on an amazing journey that keeps getting better and better. To all of my friends who are on the journey to becoming a rabbi, remember there is light at the end. Keep your eyes moving forward and you will make it to the other side.

To my Muslim Brothers and Sisters and to All Who Celebrate Ramadan Mubarak!

Repost By : When terrible things happen, standing together as a community is what matters. Please stand with our Elon Jewish community - Hillel and Chabad - this week, and join us for a Healing Gathering in the garden of the Sklut Hillel Center today, Monday 4/29 at 5:30 pm. We stand together with the victims and their families as we mourn the senseless and horrific loss of life, and raise our voices together in prayer for peace. (via @AppKottage)

When terrible things happen, standing together as a community is what matters. Please stand with the Elon Jewish community - Hillel and Chabad - this week. Plans are developing for a healing gathering in the backyard of Hillel today at 5:30and a shared Shabbat dinner on Friday, May 4, 7:00 pm at Chabad. More details will be coming soon.

My prayer for us all

Elon Hillel

As Passover begins to come to a close. I’m flashing back and remembering our matzah ball making @elonhillel Repost By elonhillel: Right now at Hillel - we are cooking up a storm and having a *matza* ball! Stop by... We'll be here all afternoon. (via @AppKottage)

Elon University

@elonleadership asked me this morning about paying it forward. I told them one of the reasons I became a rabbi is to give back. How do you pay it forward? Comment below.

We are in the season of counting the Omer. Every Spring we begin counting the Omer on the second night of Passover. What is an Omer? The Omer is a sheaf or a measure of barley or wheat. The Omer is also the name for the 7 week period of time between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. On Passover, we celebrate our freedom from slavery and and on Shavuot, we celebrate receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai as free people. In ancient times, the Omer period was significant agriculturally as it marked the period of time between planting and the spring and summer harvests. Over time, Jewish mystical tradition connected the Omer period with spiritual practices, about refining the soul, so we are ready to receive the Torah at Sinai⠀ ⠀ So, why do we count?⠀ In order to move from a place of liberation to revelation, we are invited to use the act of counting to check in with ourselves. Our counting reminds us to take notice of each day and that no two days are the same. One of my teachers Rabbi Yael Janice Levy says that for 49 days we are mindful of the passage of time. We are encouraged to make each day count. In addition, our counting of the Omer encourages us to see this seven-week period as a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage that starts at Passover where we celebrate leaving Mitzriam, Egypt. The word Mitzriam also means a narrow place, a place of constriction and limitation of choice. Then we journey out into the open space, which is liberating and scary at the same time because it is also uncharted territory. In this open space of freedom, we may encounter doubt, uncertainty, and fear. And we journey on.

Tonight begins the holiday of Passover. Passover is the most widely observed Jewish Holiday in the United States. Every Passover we are commanded to recall the past and tell the story of our people’s liberation from slavery. As we tell the story we are asked to imagine that we ourselves were once slaves and now we are free. May we all remember that none of us are free until we all are free Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach. Check out this years Passover message. The link is in the bio.

Playing some music 🎶 for my mom and the dogs 🐕 🐕 📸 @susanhurrey . . . . . .

I love music. This Shabbat listen and follow my Playlist that will Awaken you Soul this Shabbat. I update this playlist every week and it rocks. So if you want to here the Jewish music that inspires me and lifts me up check it out. The link is in the bio. Hit me up if you want songs added to the list. . . . . . . . .

Elon, North Carolina

My style today! With kippah 😎 . . . . .

Posted @withrepost@jewishwomensarchive Happy ! 🎊 Instead of sharing sweets and treats today, send cards of Jewish Women of Color, Indigenous, Mizrahi, and Sephardi women whose stories deserve to be celebrated. Join us, @jewishmultiracialnetwork, and @repairtheworld to today! Link in bio. . . Illustration by @mooredraws.

Thank you @abby__gibbs @susanhurrey and I loved spending time with you and getting to know you. Posted @withrepost@elonnewsnetwork Rabbi Sandra Lawson Redefines Religion : Elon's newest campus chaplain brings wealth of perspectives on race, gender and sexuality through her own self-creation. To read more more visit @elonnewsnetwork . . . . . . . . .

This is such an honor. Most women’s stories never make it into history. It takes love and dedication to keep our legacies alive. So this Purim, let’s amplify and celebrate stories of modern Jewish Women of Color, Indigenous, Sephardi, and Mizrahi women whose efforts strengthen and broaden the Jewish community. ⠀ Add your story to the mix especially if you are a Jewish Women of Color, Indigenous, Mizrahi, and Sephardi women. Add your or ask a friend to share their story to the tapestry. Share your story @jewishwomensarchive. All self-identified women, genderqueer folks, and non-binary people are welcome. . . . . . . .

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