Toward Shabbat: Hearts Cleaving

01/19/2018 10:46:03 AM

Jan19

January 19th, 2018 3 Shevat, 5778 Every single day in our morning service, we recite a prayer known as Ahavah Rabbah. This paragraph speaks about the deep love that God has for us as a people. Our tradition teaches that because of that love, God gRead more...

Wednesday Morning Minyan Canceled

01/16/2018 03:22:37 PM

Jan16

Given dangerous road conditions and freezing temperatures, we are cancelling morning minyan for Wednesday, January 17th. Please note that Minyan tonight Tuesday, January 16th is still on. We still plan tohave the Women's Rosh Chodesh program 7Read more...

Toward Shabbat: A Reminder for Justice

01/12/2018 11:22:48 AM

Jan12

January 12th, 2018 25 Tevet, 5778 In this weeks parashah well read about the first of the plagues and Gods explicit hand in the Exodus narrative. One of the elements that strikes me the most is the way that God talks about the Israelites. God appRead more...

Toward Shabbat: Knowledge

01/05/2018 12:09:45 PM

Jan5

January 5th, 2018 18 Tevet, 5778 We know that knowledge is important, but we sometimes forget how connected it is to memory. This notion makes a short, but quite important, appearance, in the beginning of this weeks parashah, and the new book of thRead more...

Toward Shabbat: A Year to Remember

12/29/2017 12:16:43 PM

Dec29

December 29th, 2017 11 Tevet, 5778 2017 was a pretty big year for us together. On January 9th of 2017 I sent in my resume to Beth Sholom, on January 13th I spoke to Danny Schaffzin serving as co-chair of the search committee, and on January 15thRead more...

Toward Shabbat: Drawing Close

12/22/2017 01:10:55 PM

Dec22

December 22nd, 2017 4 Tevet, 5778 This weeks parashah brings us as witnesses to the reunion of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph finally reveals his true identity after his brothers have come to Egypt in search of food during the famine. But before tRead more...

Hanukkah - Balancing our Identities

12/15/2017 09:38:38 AM

Dec15

December 15th, 2017 27 Kislev, 5778 While the story of Hanukkah celebrates the win of a small number of Jews over theSeleucid Empire and the Jews refusal to worship Greek gods, theres also a part of the story that is about an internal Jewish feud December 15th, 201727 Kislev, 5778While the story of Hanukkah celebrates the win of a small number of Jews over the Seleucid Empire and the Read more...

Jerusalem

12/08/2017 12:32:40 PM

Dec8

December 8th, 2017 20 Kislev, 5778 Libi bmizrach vanokhi bsof maarav My heart is in the East, and I am at the end of the West. Many of us have felt very far away from our spiritual homeland this week. December 8th, 201720 Kislev, 5778לִבִּי בְמִזְרָח וְאָנֹכִי בְּסוֹף מַעֲרָבLibi b’mizrach v’anokhi b’sof maaravMy heart is in the East, and I aRead more...

Struggling with God

12/01/2017 11:52:48 AM

Dec1

December 1st, 2017 13 Kislev, 5778 Were often referred to as Bnai Yisrael, the Children of Israel. We are called that because, of course, we are the people Israel and so all of us are children within that people. But that name more specifically co December 1st, 201713 Kislev, 5778We’re often referred to as B’nai Yisrael, the Children of Israel. We are called that because, of courseRead more...

Offering Gratitude

11/23/2017 01:01:53 PM

Nov23

November 23rd, 2017 5 Kislev, 5778 This past week, I was invited to give a dvar Torah at the Bornblum Jewish Community School for their Grandparents and Special Friends Day. I spoke about a moment of gratitude in the Torah, gearing up for Thanksgiv November 23rd, 20175 Kislev, 5778This past week, I was invited to give a d’var Torah at the Bornblum Jewish Community School for their GrRead more...
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