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Beth El Congregation

Judaism Rooted in the Desert

1118 West Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 944-3359

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2015 Scholar in Residence

  • Posted on January 21, 2015

Rabbi’s Weekly Message for January 17, 2015

  • Posted on January 16, 2015

Va-era – Hardening of the Heart – Egyptian Style One of the most perplexing elements of the Exodus story is the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart.   After the onset of the ten plagues, just when you would think that Pharaoh would indeed let the Israelites go, “Pharaoh’s heart was hardened” (Exodus 7:22). But was it really Continue Reading »

January Echo Calendar

  • Posted on January 2, 2015

ECHO calendar January 2015

January, 2015 Echo

  • Posted on January 2, 2015

January 2015 echo

December, 2014 Echo

  • Posted on January 2, 2015

December 2014 echo

Rabbi Lavinsky’s Israel Trip Details

  • Posted on December 3, 2014
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Please join Rabbi Arthur and Deborah Lavinsky on Beth El’s Israel Adventure from July 5-16, 2015.  The tour is being promoted and organized by Israel Tour Connections, a leading tour company specializing in trips to Israel.  Our guide will be David “Dudu” Cohen, who is one of Israel’s preeminent tour guides.   Rabbi Lavinsky and Continue Reading »

Rabbi Lavinsky’s Weekly Message for December 6, 2014

  • Posted on December 3, 2014
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Shabbat Va-yishlah – Internal and External Struggles Dear Friends, In this week’s Torah portion, Va-yishlah (literally “He sent”) we read of the much anticipated reunion of Jacob and his twin brother Esau. They struggled in their mother Rebecca’s womb and they continued to struggle as youths and as adults.  Jacob was afraid that Esau may wish Continue Reading »

Rabbi Lavinsky’s Weekly Message for November 22, 2014

  • Posted on November 20, 2014
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Shabbat Tol’dot – Israel Solidarity – Remembering the Murders of  Har Nof Dear Friends, This Shabbat we read from Parashat Tol’dot which recalls the life of Father Isaac.  By any measure, Isaac was the least renowned and accomplished of our patriarchs.  He was constantly the victim of the plans and machinations of others.  As a Continue Reading »

Rabbi Lavinsky’s Weekly Message for November 15, 2014

  • Posted on November 13, 2014
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Shabbat Hayyei Sarah – Character Trumps Law   Dear Friends,   Following the Binding of Isaac and the death of Mother Sarah, we read about how Abraham embarks on the assignment of finding a bride for his son, Isaac.   Finding a good “Shidduch” (match) is no easy feat, and Abraham went to great lengths to Continue Reading »

November 2014 Echo

  • Posted on November 3, 2014
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