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And Abraham came forward and said (to YHWH).  “Will you annihilate the virtuous with the wicked?  Maybe there are fifty virtuous who are in it (the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah)?  Far be it from you to do a thing like this, to kill the virtuous with wicked--and it will ...continue reading "“Will you annihilate the virtuous with the wicked?” "

Panim Hadashot-New Faces is a unique organization in the Jewish community that is focused on revitalizing Jewish hospitality traditions.  We believe that hospitality is not only a critical spiritual practice.  It also has important ethical implications on how we treat the stranger.   As leader of Panim Hadashot, I feel moved ...continue reading "Hospitality and this Week’s Executive Orders on Immigration"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Sunday, December 4, 2016 The word hospitality in modern parlance is commonly understood as an industry. To study hospitality at a school today is to learn about hotel management and business practices to follow to be successful in this industry. The term has been "capitalized", referring to ...continue reading "The Origins of Jewish Hospitality"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Written 16-11-10   For me the results of the presidential election were devastating. I was so concerned about the racist and Anti-Semitic undertones of the Trump campaign that I volunteered to canvas for HRC in a battleground state for a week before the election. I spent a ...continue reading "A Message to Friends of Panim Hadashot-New Faces Concerning the Election"

  A Blog Post Rabbi Dov Gartenberg for the New Faces Blog Completed on Friday, October 28, 2016/26 Tishrei, 5777 I love the festival for Sukkot for many reasons. I love the strangeness of building a temporary structure. I love the often-amusing annual effort to procure the Sechach-the cutoff branches ...continue reading "Sukkot, Hospitality, and the Strangeness of the End of the Holidays"

The tag I will be wearing during Yom Kippur prayers   Silence on Yom Kippur This Yom Kippur I will have the rare opportunity to be a regular worshipper for the entire holy day from Kol Nidre to Ne’ilah.  Since 1978 I have been a  regular worshipper on Yom Kippur ...continue reading "In Silence on Yom Kippur"

What is Jewish Hospitality? Panim Hadashot-New Faces is a community focused on the practice of Jewish hospitality. The Jewish hospitality traditions go back to Abraham and Sarah in chapter 18 of the Book of Genesis. Abraham greets and feeds guests soon after he had circumcised himself. The Rabbis saw his ...continue reading "Jewish Hospitality in the 21st Century"

By Rabbi Dov Gartenberg 18 Ellul 5776, September 21, 2016 Dear Haverim, This is my first communication since the beginning of the summer.  We have taken the summer off to review our direction and to continue to build up the ensemble which we began at this time last year.  Let ...continue reading "A Fall 2016 Message to Friends of Panim Hadashot"

Dear Friends of Panim Hadashot-The Heart of Shabbat We wish you a Happy Hanukah filled with light.   We wanted to update you about Panim Hadashot-The Heart of Shabbat. Our focus in this early stage is to create powerful Shabbat experiences by reconsidering the way we pray and the way we ...continue reading "Panim Hadashot-The Heart of Shabbat 2015 Update"

Monday, August 24, 2015/ 9 Elul, 5775 Dear friends, During the upcoming Days of Awe we will chant the haunting prayer, Unetaneh Tokef. The famous dyads of this prayer reveal the existential anxieties of our ancestors. I am writing to you about three of the dyads which have absorbed my ...continue reading "An Elul Letter from Rabbi Dov Gartenberg on Mental Illness and the Seattle Jewish Community"