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Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Emor

  • Posted on May 19, 2016
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Who among us is perfect?   Dear Friends,   This Shabbat we read from Parashat Emor (literally, “Speak”) towards the end of the Book of Leviticus which detailed many of the laws of the Kohanim (the priests) and how they needed to live exemplary and holy lives.   There is a troubling passage that would Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: K’doshim

  • Posted on May 12, 2016
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Dear Friends, This week we read from Parashat K’doshim (literally “Holy”) which draws a blueprint for Jews who are commanded to strive towards holiness. Why? Because God is holy and it is our duty to emulate Him. One verse, towards the beginning of the Torah portion caught my attention: “You shall each revere his mother Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Aharei Mot

  • Posted on May 5, 2016
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Shabbat Aharei Mot – Loving the Proselyte   Dear Friends,   We are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves (Leviticus 9:17). But there are times that we need more specific instructions, especially because we don’t always see those around us as “neighbors” and there are times when we don’t always act in a neighborly Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Pesach Day 8

  • Posted on April 27, 2016
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Shabbat Passover Day 8 – “Under the Sea – The Biblical Musical” Dear Friends, This weekend we will celebrate the final days of Passover. In Israel, the holiday will conclude on Friday night after the seventh day of Passover, but here in the Diaspora we are privileged to celebrate an eighth day and get to Continue Reading »

May Echo!

  • Posted on April 26, 2016
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Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Pesach Day 1

  • Posted on April 20, 2016
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Passover – Worse than Pharaoh? Dear Friends, We are all familiar with the Four Questions in the Hagaddah (Ma Nishtana), but hopefully at your Seder, there will be many more than four questions. Why?  Because whenever one studies a sacred and historical text, it is natural for inquiring minds to ask a plethora of questions. Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat M’tzora

  • Posted on April 14, 2016
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Shabbat M’tzora/Shabbat Hagadol- New Questions For An Ancient Festival   Dear Friends,   In addition to reading Parashat M’tzora from the Book of Leviticus which continues to teach about the laws of “biblical leprosy” (as opposed to modern day leprosy), we also celebrate Shabbat Hagadol, the “Great Sabbath” which gets its name from this week’s Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat Tzav

  • Posted on March 25, 2016
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Rabbi’s Weekly Message – Shabbat Tzav – Dirty Jobs There is a cable television program called “Dirty Jobs” that describes the kind of jobs that most people would rather not do. Various episodes focus on people who work on oil rigs, in slaughter houses, and cleaning septic tanks. You get the idea, right? In this Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat Va Yikra/Zachor

  • Posted on March 18, 2016
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Shabbat Va Yikra/Zachor – We have quite a week coming up! Dear Friends, This Shabbat we begin to read from the Book of Leviticus, Parashat Va Yikra.  This book is also called “Torat Kohanim” – the Law of the Priests, as it goes into great details regarding the role of the priests and the sacrificial Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weely Message: Shabbat P’kudei

  • Posted on March 10, 2016
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Shabbat P’kudei – Shekels on Fire There’s a story told of three ministers who were discussing how much of the Sunday collection was set aside for God and the church and how much they kept as their salary. The first minister said, “First, I draw a six-foot circle on the ground, I throw the money Continue Reading »

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