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Rabbi Lynnda Targan

Welcome to my world
where the old meets the new
and the mundane
becomes miraculous…

“You turned my lament into dancing.”
(Psalm 30) 

Combining my years of experience as a writer, public relations professional, and communications expert with skills that I have garnered as a rabbi at mid-life, my goal is to assist people in finding their distinct missions and purpose in the world.  Helping people imagine the life they want to create, and educating people who seek spiritual growth to develop the skills needed to achieve that vision is part of my aspiration toward tikkun olam, repairing the broken world.

The Pomegranate

“Let us go early to the vineyards…and if the pomegranates are in bloom-there I will give you my love.”
(Song of Songs) 

The beautiful plump scarlet pomegranate with its rich green leaves and petaled crown top near the stem has been held sacred throughout the ages by many of the world’s major religions. Judaism views it as a symbol of sensuality, fertility and abundance, and it is mentioned in the Bible as one of the seven species in the land of Israel. (Deuteronomy 8.8) Pomegranate trees are prevalent in Israeli gardens, and ripen in time for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the fruit also serve as decorations for the holiday of Sukkot. As we peel away the skin of a pomegranate, called rimmon in Hebrew, which is the same word used to designate the top of Torah scrolls, it is believed that each fruit contains 613 sweet seeds, equal to the number of mitzvot or commandments in the Torah. Revered also throughout the centuries for its medicinal properties, the pomegranate is a contemporary symbol for health and healing, and for the power and potential of love.