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Vayak’hel Pekudei

ave you ever watched a sports event where the player with the ball refused to pass to his or her teammates? Some might call those players “ball hogs,” but more than that, they’re just poor leaders. In their refusal to share the spotlight with their team, they compromise the game’s success. We see a similar […]

Winnie The Pooh and Purim

We are in the midst of the Purim season. This is a season where God wants to turn our sadness into gladness, our darkness to light, our heaviness to lightness, our destruction to salvation, and of course, our Eeyore into Tigger. What? God wants us to turn the Eeyore-like “oys” into Tigger-like “joys.” Let me explain.  When my […]

Sparked and Still Burning: Tetzaveh

This week’s Torah portion begins with God saying to Moses,“You yourself will command the children of Israel to take pure, pressed olive oil for illumination, to kindle the lamp continually” (Exodus 27:20). Only a few precepts in the Torah are introduced by the word tetzaveh, or “command,” rather than the more commonly used words tomar, “to say,” or tedabber, “to speak.” What does this difference mean? […]

Shomer Yisrael

This is a powerful song and prayer asking the L-rd to protect Israel. Performed live by Tracy Thomas at our Fusion Erev Yom Kippur service. SHOMER YISRAEL Shomer Yisrael, sh’mor she’arit Yisrael Ve’al yovad Yisrael, ha’omrim, “Sh’ma Yisrael” GUARDIAN OF ISRAEL Guardian of Israel, protect the remnant of Israel Let Israel not perish, those who […]

Hu Eloheinu

“Hu Eloheinu” song performed live by Tracy Thomas at our Fusion Erev Yom Kippur service. This song reminds us that He is our G-d, He is our Father, He is our King, He is our Deliverer. ‘ HU ELOHEINU Hu Eloheinu, Hu Avinu Hu Malkenu, Hu Moshieinu V’hu yashmienu b’rahamav she’nit She’nit l’enei kol chai […]

Taste and See: The Miracle at Marah

It had been nearly a month since the Israelites were set free from their slavery in Egypt. Now they were wandering in the wilderness, and they were growing disillusioned. When they ran out of water, they started to panic. God allowed this to happen in order to test the Israelites, and to teach them more […]

Kol Nidre

Enjoy this beautiful song, Kol Nidre, traditionally sung at the beginning of Erev Yom Kippur service. This clip is from our Fusion Yom Kippur event. The song is performed by Fusion worship leader Tracy Thomas. KOL NIDRE Kol Nidre Ve’esaray ush’vuay V’charamay vekonamay V’kinusay v’chinuyay D’indarna Ud’ishtabana ud’acharimna Ud’assarna al nafshatana MiYom Kippurim zeh Ad Yom […]

A Voice from On High: Yitro

Our sages disagree on the number of commandments that our ancestors heard at Sinai. Maimonides, for example, says that Israel only heard God directly speak the first two commandments. Others believe that the Jewish people heard all Ten Commandments as they were spoken by God. Which is correct? According to the famous medieval Rabbi and Torah Scholar Rashi, […]

Maoz Tzur

Maoz Tzur

Maoz Tzur Listen to this beautiful traditional Hanukkah song, “Maoz Tzur,” (Rock of Ages) performed by Fusion worship leader Tracy Thomas, along with her husband Julian Fletcher. Follow along with the recording with the lyrics below. Ma’oz tzur yeshu’ati Lecha na’eh lesha be’eh’yach Tikon beit te-fi-la-ti Ve sham toda neza’beh’eh’yach Leh et tachin mat be-yach, […]