Kauai Jewish Center

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Good Neighbors Make Good People

Good Neighbors Make Good People

Your Environment Matters. Choose Wisely.

“Jewish law” is a term often thrown around when talking about Judaism. But what, exactly, makes Jewish law “Jewish” per se? A deep look at the moral underpinnings of Jewish law reveals an important lesson to be culled from a ruling about neighbors: you are greatly impacted by your surroundings. Make the environment you wish to see in this world.

Week of Aug 7, 2022
G-d’s Security System

G-d’s Security System

Understanding the Magic of the Mezuzah

Throughout the ages, Jews have affixed a small scroll on the doors of their homes, loudly proclaiming to all, “This is a Jewish home.” Discover the meaning of this important mitzvah, and just how much you can benefit from the mezuzah’s protective quality.

Week of Aug 14, 2022
Not up for Debate

Not up for Debate

Understanding Is Great. Conviction Is Even Better.

A moral compass built on reason alone stands on very shaky ground. No matter how smart and sophisticated you are, it’s possible to justify pretty much anything. The trick is to move into a different zone: the power of conviction. 

Week of Aug 21, 2022
The Universe Is on Your Side

The Universe Is on Your Side

Reinterpreting the Real Rendition of Reality

Witnesseses and testimony typically sound like the stuff of courtrooms and depositions. But a thrilling spin through Jewish law, philosophy, and mysticism yields a surprising conclusion: every Jew is a witness, testifying to a divine reality that puts the universe on the right side of the struggle between good and bad.

Week of Aug 28, 2022
One Love at a Time

One Love at a Time

To Truly Love is to Love Exclusively

The Jewish wedding ceremony is hallowed and joyous. Arguably its most iconic feature is the  ring slipped on the glowing bride’s finger. What is the symbolism of this ancient ritual? A surprising legal journey brings us to the inalienable truth that to truly love is to let go of any past loves, for the heart can only be wide open to one when it is closed off from all others.

Week of Sep 4, 2022
To Refine the Mind and Uplift the Spirit

To Refine the Mind and Uplift the Spirit

What Two Great Chasidic Masters Contributed to the World and to You

Chasidism, its leaders, and its masters are the subject of much fascination. But what really lies at the heart of this movement, and how does it really enrich your daily life? The shared birthday of two of the greatest Chasidic masters to ever live opens a window into the depth and wonder of a revolution that can change your life.

Week of Sep 11, 2022
The Holiness of Wanting a Lot of Stuff

The Holiness of Wanting a Lot of Stuff

A Jew Only Wants to Do What G-d Wants. Owning Stuff Is Part of That.

The High Holidays are awe-inspiring for everyone. Packed into the synagogue, we spend time praying and connecting with G-d. But what do we ask for? Stuff. “Give me this, grant me that. . . .” And it goes on. Is that the best way to spend such a holy time? Asking for stuff? You bet! Discover the real reason why you want anything. It may surprise you.  

Week of Sep 18, 2022
When a Parent Loves Their Child

When a Parent Loves Their Child

Forgiveness Is Never All or Nothing

It’s that time of the year again: the time to fix past wrongdoings and right our ship, going forward. But what if you’re just not ready to fix it all? Is it OK to feel bad, say, like halfway? Instead of complete overhaul, is just small incremental change acceptable? Rabbi Akiva shares his edifying answer.

Week of Sep 25, 2022
Celebrating Life to the Fullest

Celebrating Life to the Fullest

The Simchat Torah Dance: To the Tune of Purpose

Simchat Torah is a holiday famous for dancing and raucous joy. But is this the appropriate way to celebrate the Torah? Discover the true joy of completing the entire Torah reading cycle. It’s not so much about what you have learned, but about the type of life it enables you to lead.

Week of Oct 2, 2022