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Rabbi’s Weekly Message: R’eih

Tzedakah Trumps Charity Dear Friends, This week’s Torah portion, R’eih (“behold” or “see”) instructs us: “If there shall be an impoverished person from among you or any of your brethren in your cities… you shall not harden your heart nor close your hand against your destitute brother.  Rather you should surely give to him and…Read More

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Eikev

Sometimes it’s the Small Stuff   Dear Friends,   This week we will read Parashat Eikev from the book of Deuteronomy.  In it, Moses continues with his farewell addresses to the Jewish People and reminds the Israelites to adhere to the laws of the Torah in order to maintain their unique relationship to the Almighty. …Read More

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Va-ethannan

The Kotzker Rebbe and Black Lives Matter   Dear Friends, This week’s Torah portion, Va-ethannan, contains two very famous passages, the Shema and the Ten commandments.  But this Parasha also includes Moses’ final request of God before he dies. As you know, even though Moses had led the Israelites from Egyptian bondage and through the…Read More

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat D’varim/Tisha B’Av

Life in the “Fast” Lane Dear Friends, This Shabbat we begin reading from the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) which recounts Moses’ final days and his farewell addresses to the people he had shepherded for forty years.  According to Jewish tradition, there has never, nor will there ever be, a prophet with greater prophetic powers.  He…Read More

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat Pinhas

Expanding our Prime   Dear Friends, While we only read each Torah portion once in the normal cycle of Torah readings throughout the year, there is a Parasha from which we read more often than all others – Parashat Pinhas, named after the High Priest Aaron’s grandson, who became famous (or infamous) for impaling a…Read More

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat Balak

The Blessings Behind Curses Dear Friends, This Shabbat we read about about Balak, who hired Balaam, a for-profit prophet, who for a price was willing to curse the Israelites even though he knew that they were God’s Chosen People.  God warned Balaam that he would be unable to curse the Jews, yet he persisted.  And…Read More

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat Hukkat

Holy and Unholy Cow Dear Friends, This week we read from Parashat Hukkat (“The Law”) which goes into painstaking detail about the enigmatic Mitzvah or the Parah Adumah, the Red Heifer.  It is, without a doubt, the most difficult to explain of all the commandments. The Torah requires that the cow must be red in color, without blemish,…Read More

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Korah

Taking Can Be Revolting This week’s Torah portion begins “Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men.” The rabbis, who paid attention to every single letter in the Torah, try to…Read More