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9 Adar II 5779 – Vayikra

By | March 14th, 2019|

I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy Purim and I hope to see you at the many events that our Shul will be hosting this coming week!  Purim gives us the opportunity to reflect on the dangers to Jewish existence today and how we overcame

2 Adar II 5779 – Pekudei

By | March 6th, 2019|

We had a fabulous weekend last Shabbat with a sold-out Shabbat dinner and a stimulating talk by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach! This week, I would like us to consider the following. We all have two sets of lives. The lives of our dreams and the lives of our reality. The lives

25 Adar 1 5779 – Vayakhel

By | February 28th, 2019|

I am excited to welcome my sister and brother-in-law, Rabbi Shmuley and Debbie Boteach to our shule for this coming weekend. Rabbi Shmuley will be speaking on Thursday night for a communal lecture (topic: Israel and anti-semitism) and also at our Shabbat dinner (topic: Jewish success). Rabbi Shmuley brings with him

18 Adar 1 5779 – Ki Sisa

By | February 21st, 2019|

Beginning Afresh This week we will recount the dramatic story about the aftermath of the golden calf saga and the process of conciliation and forgiveness. "Zeh Yitenu" ("this they shall give") says the Torah as it prescribes how each Jewish male had to give a half shekel coin as

11 Adar 1 5779 – Tetzaveh

By | February 14th, 2019|

How to increase your love How do we increase our love towards another person? How do we enrich our relationships between spouses, family members and friends? It comes down to one action. By giving to them. It is interesting that the construction of the portable sanctuary, the Mishkan, occupies nearly half

4 Adar 1 5779 – Terumah

By | February 7th, 2019|

From our earliest history as a people and as a nation, we have been defined by the concept of Terumah. Terumah refers to the offerings or contributions that we have made, whether to our own internal communities or to the society's in which we have lived. We have always punched

27 Shevat 5779 – Mishpatim

By | January 31st, 2019|

A lesson in Empathy While slavery is widely seen as abhorrent today, the Torah (Parashat Mishaptim), some three thousand years ago, already contained an ethical code towards the treatment of slaves. The Jerusalem Talmud relates that prior to leaving Egypt, G-d commanded Moses to teach the Jewish nation concerning

20 Shevat 5779 – Yitro

By | January 25th, 2019|

Delivering our message effectively It is startling. We will read this week in Shule how the Jewish nation receives the Torah at Mount Sinai. Yet the very first word uttered by G-d to his people, Anochi - I - is an Egyptian one. Why would G-d use employ a foreign language?

13 Shevat 5779 – Beshalach

By | January 18th, 2019|

How can we restore ourselves during times of immense pressure and stress? When G-d created the universe, He consulted the angels: “Should I bestow upon the human race the gift of music?” The elitist angels unanimously replied with a resounding “no.” “The human race will not appreciate the sublime