Sunday, 17 March 2013 10:55

steady-flame patience

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-nertamidWe sometimes think of patience as a passive virtue, similar to endurance; the kind of patience that enables us to perform a repetitive task, to get through setbacks and challenges, or to wait for an answer to prayer without getting irritated or discouraged. Such patience is a virtue, as they say, but patience includes a more active response as well, not just enduring various trials, but maintaining focus and intensity through them all.

Sunday, 16 December 2012 14:38

patience and purpose

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-cyclerebuildWhen Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them; but he acted like a stranger toward them . . . (Gen. 42:7).

Of all the themes that run through the story of Joseph and his brothers, one we might overlook is Joseph’s patience. I’m not thinking of the tremendous patience he needed to get through twenty years of slavery, imprisonment, and estrangement without losing hope in God, but of the patience that brought him through what might have been even tougher—the testing of his brothers when they came down to Egypt to buy food.

Sunday, 05 August 2012 07:47

enough already

Written by rabbi russ resnik

You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? -- Matt. 17:17a

art-heronA good friend recently described me in public as a patient man. I appreciated the affirmation, of course, but I was tempted to jump up and protest.

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 09:05

patience is love

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-truckbackPatience is a learned virtue. When I was very young, I didn’t have any patience. I wanted everything, and wanted it NOW! As life went on, I learned patience through resignation.

Sunday, 06 May 2012 14:21

patient with joy

Written by rabbi russ resnik

I think I’m a pretty patient guy, but I saw something this week that put my patience to shame.

Sunday, 06 May 2012 14:00

patience in healing

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-dentistLast week I had the privilege of experiencing the removal of all four wisdom teeth and one extra tooth that had grown behind one of my top front teeth. The entire experience has been a test of patience.

Sunday, 06 November 2011 10:04

waiting for words to unfold

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-listenMost civilizations have been cultures of the eye. Judaism, with its belief in the invisible God who transcends the universe, and its prohibition against visual representations of God, is supremely a civilization of the ear. . . . Hence, the key verb in Judaism is Shema, “listen.” To give dramatic force to the idea that God is heard, not seen, we cover our eyes with our hand as we say these words. (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in the Koren Siddur)

Friday, 04 November 2011 13:30

the birth of our dreams

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-tree-dreamsNow there was a man in Jerusalem called Shimon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. (Luke 2:25)

Friday, 04 November 2011 13:24

appropriate patience

Written by rabbi paul saal

art-stopcomplainingWe most often think of patience or savlanut as the capacity to deal with frustrating delays or obstacles that interfere with our plans or objectives.

Sunday, 10 July 2011 00:00

patience muscles

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-movingrockMost of us have heard it said, at one point or another, “all good things come to those who wait.” We have also probably heard, “you can’t always get what you want.” For the most part we think of patience in relationship to those things that are eventually coming to us. This week’s parasha (Pinchas) reveals a deeper level of patience.

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