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Judaism Rooted in the Desert

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Rabbi’s Weekly Message: B’ha-alot’kha

  • Posted on June 23, 2016
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Dear Friends, This week’s Torah portion, the third from the Book of Numbers, is B’ha-alot’kha.  The Parasha begins: The Lord spoke to Moses saying:  Speak to Aaron and say to him “When you light (B’ha- alot’kha) the lamps, towards the face of the Menorah, shall the seven lamps cast light.” Anyone who recites the blessings over Shabbat candles knows that Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat Naso

  • Posted on June 16, 2016
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Tragedy in Orlando   Dear Friends, During our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot last Saturday night, Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, one of our guest speakers, spoke about her favorite biblical passages. One verse came from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis where we are taught, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image Continue Reading »

Visiting Cantor Colman Reaboi this weekend!

  • Posted on June 10, 2016
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Please join us throughout Shabbat and the Shavuot holiday as we welcome cantorial candidate Cantor Colman Reaboi to Beth El Congregation. He will be leading us through many of the services beginning on Friday night through Monday (the second day of Shavuot). We look forward to Cantor Reaboi’s visit and encourage you to share your Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: B’midbar/Shavuot

  • Posted on June 9, 2016
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Shabbat B’midbar/Shavuot – The Desert Beckons   Dear Friends,   This week’s Torah portion B’midbar always precedes our observance of the Festival of Shavuot, Zeman Matan Torateinu – the time of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.  Yet this year as we begin our celebration of Shavuot on Saturday night immediately after Shabbat, Continue Reading »

June and July Echo!

  • Posted on June 3, 2016
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Echo Click below to enjoy our monthly newsletter, the Echo, on all of your digital devices. June July 2016 Echo June and July Event Calendars: June 2016 Calendar July 2016 Calendar

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: B’hukkotai

  • Posted on June 2, 2016
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Pinkwashing and the Blue and White Dear Friends, We recently commemorated Israel Independence Day and this Sunday is Yom Yerushalayim, the day celebrating the liberation of Jerusalem during the Six Day War.  You will recall that in 1967 Israel was faced with an existential threat by surrounding Arab countries that had expressed their intention to Continue Reading »

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 »

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