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Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center

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  • Shabbat Vayikra/Zakhor 5779 This is the fourth year that we have spent the Shabbat prior to Purim studying a chapter of Megillat Ester at a lunch and learn, so by my count we should be on chapter 4. I enjoy this annual tradition because while we read the megillah every year, and we think we know the story of Purim well, many ...
  • Shabbat Pekudei 5779 For the fifth Shabbat in a row, our Torah reading features the details of the building of the Mishkan. It is as if the house committee has monopolized the agenda of five consecutive board meetings! I can imagine the complaints from the hesed, ritual and education committees: “What about our reports? Isn’t there more to this space ...
  • Shabbat Ki-Tissa 5779 Some of the best narratives are the ones where no one comes out looking good. House of Cards was certainly one of those stories full of entirely unsympathetic characters. It’s possible to read the Golden Calf narrative the same way. Aharon (weak leader) loses control of an impatient Israelite community (ingrates). Moshe has to talk a hypersensitive ...
  • Shabbat Terumah 5779 The instruction manual for the building of the mishkan occupies the majority of our Torah readings for the next two weeks. Although one doesn’t usual find great moral guidance in instruction manuals, the brilliance of our interpretative tradition is its ability to find meaning in even the materials and measurements. For example, consider what this week’s portion, Terumah, tells ...
  • 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 ...
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