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Rabbi Naomi Levy
Rabbi Naomi Levy’s new book, Hope Will Find You, is out this September. She is also the author of the national bestseller To Begin Again and Talking to God. She is the founder and leader of NASHUVA, the Jewish spiritual outreach movement, and was in the first class of women to enter the Conservative rabbinical seminary. She was named one of the 50 top rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, listed as one of the 50 most dynamic Jewish leaders in the nation by the Forward, and was recently listed by the Forward as one of the 50 most influential female rabbis in the nation. She lives in Venice, California, with her husband, Rob and their children, Adin and Noa.

Entries by Rabbi Naomi Levy

A Prayer of Healing From the Tragedy in Newtown

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 2:12 PM

Our hearts are breaking, God,
As our nation buries innocent children and brave teachers.
The loss is overwhelming.
Send comfort and strength, God, to grieving parents,
To siblings, family and friends in this time of shock and mourning.
Shield them from despair.
Send healing...

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The Bible Says to Rejoice, But Is Happiness Really a Choice?

(15) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 5:18 PM

In the Bible, in a discussion of the Jewish holidays, we find an odd commandment: "And you shall rejoice!" But is happiness really a choice?

You can't command something if it's not a choice. So I've been asking myself: in what way is happiness a choice?

I'm thinking of gratitude....

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Noa and Amara: A Real Interfaith Dialogue

(17) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 12:55 AM

My 14-year-old daughter Noa has physical disabilities and learning disabilities. We spent much of her early years in waiting rooms of doctor's offices, waiting rooms for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, vision therapy -- the list goes on and on. In the waiting rooms there were kids with cancer,...

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My Rosh Hashanah Prayer: A Prayer for the Jewish New Year

(4) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 3:26 PM

I once read a Hasidic story about a wealthy man who approached the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, and asked if he could meet Elijah the Prophet, the messenger of God who rose to heaven in a chariot of fire. The man had heard rumors that Elijah wanders...
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The Sabbath Unplugged

(7) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 1:55 PM

"The Sabbath is a taste of the world to come."
-The Talmud

A dear friend of mine recently moved her office into her home. When she first began working out of the house, her biggest fear was that her home life would distract her from her work. She worried...

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