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Shabbat Vayera 5773

  • Posted on November 2, 2012
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We simply can’t get through difficult times, like these wrought by the winds of Sandy, without the kindness of others. So many of us in this community, which was far luckier than others, have opened our doors to those left without heat, power, or more. We have tried to look in on those who might Continue Reading »

Shabbat Lekh-Lekha 5773

  • Posted on October 26, 2012
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I have always been intrigued by the brief exchange between Avram and the King of Sodom in this week’s parshah, Lekh-Lekha. Avram the man of faith proves to be quite capable as a man of war. After hearing that his nephew Lot has been taken captive when Sodom ended up on the losing side of Continue Reading »

Shabbat Noah 5773

  • Posted on October 18, 2012
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It could not have been easy being Noah. From the moment he was born, he carried the hopes of humanity. He was named with the following prayer: “This one will provide us relief–yenahameinu–from our work and the toil of our hands, out of the very soil which God placed under a curse” (Genesis 5:29). Maybe, Continue Reading »

Shabbat Bereshit 5773

  • Posted on October 11, 2012
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We are excited to begin our monthly study of The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews, this Shabbat at a lunch and learn following services. This week, we will be addressing the chapter “Citizenship” by Rabbi Jane Kanarek.  Rabbi Kanarek’s approach is to “isolate several discrete aspects of living in a democratic Continue Reading »

Shabbat Hol Hamo’ed Sukkot 5773

  • Posted on October 4, 2012
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In this week’s presidential debate, we heard thoughts from President Obama and Governor Romney on the role of government in America. Whether we agree with one approach or the other, it’s worth noting that neither candidate’s perspective bears any resemblance to authority as the ancient author of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) experienced it. Consider the following excerpt from chapter Continue Reading »

Shabbat Ha-azinu 5773

  • Posted on September 27, 2012
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We are a little more than a week away from a big transitional moment in the Jewish year. On Shmini ‘Atzeret, we will begin mentioning God’s ability to bring rain–geshem–after six months of mentioning dew–tal. When it comes to sustaining the Land of Israel, the difference between rain and dew is clearly linked to the calendar. Continue Reading »

Shabbat Nitzavim 5772

  • Posted on September 13, 2012
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Do we still have a chance? “When all these things befall you…and you take them to heart…and you return to the LORD your God, and you and your children heed His command will all your heart and soul…then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and take you back in love” (Deuteronomy 30:1-3) This Continue Reading »

Shabbat Ki Tavo 5772

  • Posted on September 6, 2012
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The origins of the joke are uncertain, but its punchline has become a common figure of speech. The Lone Ranger and Tonto are surrounded by hostile Native Americans. The Lone Ranger turns to his trusted sidekick and says, “Tonto, it looks like we’re going to die.” Tonto saunters over to their captors and says to Continue Reading »

Shabbat Ki-Tetzei 5772

  • Posted on August 30, 2012
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You can find 74 mitzvot in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetzei, making it the most law-heavy parashah of the annual cycle. Each mitzvah can be the topic of a fascinating detailed discussion, but we don’t have to cover them all in one year! Instead, let’s isolate two different mitzvot, and when we look at the reason for them, we’ll learn Continue Reading »

Shabbat Re-eh/Rosh Hodesh Elul 5772

  • Posted on August 16, 2012
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As Thomas Cahill famously wrote, monotheism was one of the greatest “Gifts of the Jews.” Did this gift come with a steep cost? You be the judge, based on these two verses from this week’s parashah, Re-eh:  “You must destroy all the sites at which the nations you are to dispossess worshiped their gods, whether on lofty Continue Reading »