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Beth El Congregation

Judaism Rooted in the Desert

1118 West Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
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Rabbi Lavinsky’s Israel Trip Details

  • Posted on December 3, 2014
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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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Kosher Cookie Dough Sale

  • Posted on November 3, 2014
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Rabbi Lavinsky’s Weekly Message for November 1, 2014

  • Posted on October 31, 2014
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Lech L’kha –  Testing Abraham’s Love and Ours This week we are introduced to Abraham, the first Jew.  The Parasha begins with God’s challenging test: “Lech L’kha” – “Go forth from your native land, your birthplace, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”  God doesn’t make it easy for Continue Reading »

Rabbi Lavinsky’s Weekly Message for October 25, 2014

  • Posted on October 23, 2014
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Shabbat Noah – “Deconstructing” the Tower of Babel Dear Friends, While this week’s Torah portion, Noah, tells the epic story of Noah and the ark, there is another fascinating narrative towards the end of the Parasha.  We read about how the ancient inhabitants of the world constructed a huge tower.  It was a desire to keep Continue Reading »

Rabbi Lavinsky’s Weekly Message for October 18, 2014

  • Posted on October 15, 2014
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Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah and Shabbat B’reishit Dear Friends, I write to you as we are about to conclude the Sukkot holiday.  Beginning on Wednesday night we will celebrate Shemini Atzeret (The Eighth Day of Assembly) which will be followed immediately by Simchat Torah during which we complete the cycle of reading the Torah in Continue Reading »

Wishing You a Chag Sameach

  • Posted on October 8, 2014
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From our Families to Yours, we wish you a Chag Sameach.  In observance of Sukkot and Simchat Torah please note the following days our offices will be closed: October 9 Office and Preschool Closed for Sukkot October 10 Office Closed for Sukkot October 16 Office and Preschool Closed for Shemini Atzeret October 17 Office Closed Continue Reading »

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