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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 Ha-azinu 5779 Before delving into this coming Shabbat’s readings, I want to express my gratitude to our community for such a meaningful start to 5779. It is a privilege to pray, learn, and connect with you on these most holy days.   As promised, here are some video clips of the songs I referenced in my Yom Kippur sermons ...
  • Shabbat Nitzavim 5778 Teshuvah–repentance. It’s one of the most important concepts in all of Judaism, but you won’t find it in the Torah. Well, that’s not entirely true; in this week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim, we read the following: “When all these things befall you…and you take them to heart amidst the various nations to which the LORD your God has ...
  • Shabbat Ki-Teitzei 5778 The Torah demands of us that we be generous. Does it expect us to extend our generosity to the point where it becomes detrimental, both to the giver and the recipient?   Consider this hypothetical situation: you are walking on Broadway, and you encounter a person who is clearly stricken with both poverty and drug addiction. She has ...
  • Shabbat Shoftim 5778 When you think of the great leaders of ancient Israel, the list would surely include at least a few kings: David, Solomon, Hezekiah, among others. Of course, there are no Israelite kings in the Torah, and the only mention of a future Israelite king appears this week, in Parshat Shoftim. It’s the passage where the Torah ...
  • Shabbat Ekev 5778 Thirty-five years ago, the British band The Police had their greatest commercial success with the song Every Breath You Take. On the surface, with its pleasant melody, it seemed to be a song about deep, devotional love. But a more careful listen to Sting’s lyrics will expose the speaker’s more sinister motives: “Every breath you take/every move you ...
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