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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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  • Shabbat Mattot-Mas’ei 5777 In the ancient world, the spilling of blood was cause for spilling more blood. That’s why murderers were killed, either executed by the courts in capital punishment, or if they fled, by a relative of the initial victim in an act of blood vengeance. The institution of cities of refuge, ‘arei miklat, is mentioned in a number ...
  • Shabbat Balak 5777 One of the Torah’s most entertaining scenes is the confrontation between the prophet Bil’am and his talking ass. Bil’am, a prophet considered to be the gentile prophetic equal to Moshe, Balak, king of Moav, to curse the otherwise unstoppable Israelites. As he rides his long-serving animal up the hill to get a better view of ...
  • Shabbat Hukkat 5777 To his credit, right after getting a pink slip from God, Moshe continues to lead the Israelites. If he can’t get into the Promised Land, he can at least bring them closer. His first action after being told his fate is to send messengers to the King of Edom. After reminding him of what Israel ...
  • Shabbat Korah 5777 When Moshe first hears the accusations of Korah, he has an extreme physical reaction: “He fell on his face” (Numbers 16:4). As the complaints mount up against him and Aharon, God has had enough, and warns the two leaders, “Stand back from this community that I may annihilate them in an instant” (16:21). What is ...
  • Shabbat Shelakh-Lekha 5777 The shootings in Washington this week introduced me to a phrase from American literature that I had never heard before. Bret Stephens quoted it in his New York Times column: it comes from Philip Roth, the great Jewish-American novelist. Roth, in referring to American violence in its many forms, called this phenomenon “the indigenous American ...
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