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Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center

A Jewish Community Built on Caring, Prayer and Learning

210-10 Union Turnpike, Hollis Hills, NY 11364
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Weekly Shabbat Message

  • Shabbat Vayehi 5779 As he learns that Ya’akov is ill, Yosef rushes to his father’s bedside, bringing along his sons Menashe and Ephraim. When Yosef arrives, Ya’akov sits up in bed and launches into a rather long speech, especially considering that he is apparently gravely ill. Here is that speech in its entirety:   “El Shaddai appeared to me at ...
  • Shabbat Miketz/Rosh Hodesh/Hanukkah If I told you that on the first night of Hanukkah, I light eight candles, and seven on the second night, and so on until the final night, when I light one candle, what would you say to me? If you were to say to me that I’m doing it wrong, you would be correct. ...
  • Shabbat Vayeshev 5779 In last week’s Torah reading, our People received our Biblical ethnic identity. Once Ya’akov’s name was changed to Yisrael, the scene was set for us to become his descendants, B’nai Yisrael. But this week, the wheels are set in motion for us to become Yehudim, Jews. We derive our religious, cultural and ethnic moniker from only one ...
  • Shabbat Vayishlah 5779 Infertility is a common thread in the Torah and in later Biblical books. Three of our four matriarchs struggle to conceive a child, as do women such as Hannah and Manoah’s unnamed wife. All of these stories seem to have happy endings, but Rahel’s case ends in tragedy.   Last week, in Parshat Vayeitzei, Rahel is so distressed ...
  • Shabbat Toldot 5779 Esav has come home from the hunt, and all he wants is something to eat. He sees his twin brother, Ya’akov, cooking lentil stew, and demands some. Ya’akov, wily from the womb, asks for the birthright in return. Esav’s answer is remarkable: “I am at the point of death, so of what use is the ...
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