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Being there in spirit
Parshat Matot Numbers 30:2-32:42 In this week’s Torah portion, representatives of the Tribes of Reuben and Gad approach Moses. They have prospered on the east side of the Jordan. They have many her...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seeing the big picture need not require standing on the vista
Parshat Pinchas Numbers 25:10-30:1 In this week’s Torah portion, God commands Moses to ascend the hills from the other side of the Jordan River and look into the land of Israel. God reminds him tha...
Jul 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Routine decisions can point us in the right direction
Parshat Balak Numbers 22:2-25:9 In this week’s Torah reading, King Balak of Moab retains the sorcerer Balaam to curse the Jewish people. Instead of curses, only blessings come out of his mouth. Whe...
Jul 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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In each generation ...
Parshat Chukat Numbers 19:1-22:1 One of the major events related in Parshat Chukat is the death of Miriam, the older sister of Moses and Aaron. Immediately after this, we read that the Israelites w...
Jun 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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How can things go wrong? Let me count the ways
German is the most frustrating language. I’ve done Russian, French and Hebrew. I’ve learned new alphabets, switched from left to right. But nothing beats a complex German sentence to make a new stu...
Jun 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jerusalem the Holy
R Bamidbar The capital cities of every nation on earth are built on major trade routes or rivers.   They became capitals because they were centers of commerce and easily accessible. Jerusalem is th...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Archives
Why wait to bequeath
Chaye Sara, Genesis 23:1-25:18
by Rabbi Ron Symons
Temple Sinai
Oct 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
When it comes to bequeathing our valuables to the next generation, there are two options.  First, we can adopt the policy of “better to spend it now on my children and grandchildren while I have th...
Not Lot’s cup of tea
Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22:24
by Rabbi Scott Aaron
Agency for Jewish Learning
Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s portion, Vayera, contains the well-known tale of Sodom and Gomorrah. G-d informs Abraham through three visiting angels appearing as weary travelers that the cities will be destroyed for...
After death, the reputation lives on
Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32
by Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner
Temple Shalom, Wheeling, W.Va.
Oct 06, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
This summer, my dad died. Twenty days later, my mother-in-law died. Twenty-two days after that, my uncle died. And this week was the funeral for the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Shalom in Wheeling, W.V...
Shabbat is exactly what we need
Bereshit, Genesis 1:1-6:8
by Rabbi Jessica Locketz
Temple Emanuel of South Hills
Sep 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
On the seventh day God finished the work, which God had been doing, and God ceased on the seventh day from all the work, which he had done. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, bec...
Who am I?
Chol Hamoed Sukkot
by Rabbi Chuck Diamond
Congregation Tree of Life/Or L’Simcha
Sep 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Having just completed another High Holy Day season we have all revisited that age old question — Who am I? Hopefully we continue to learn from our past experiences and will continue to grow and mat...
Facing new challenges
Parashat Yom Kippur Leviticus 16:1 -34; Bamidbar 29: 7-10
by Cantor Richard Berlin
Spiritual Leader Parkway Jewish Center
Sep 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The High Holy Days bring new challenges to each of us every year. As we explore the depths of our souls, we expose positives and negatives, successes and missed opportunities, hope and despair. Yes...
Moses’ pep talk has lessons for today
Nitzavim-Vayelech, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
by Rabbi Michael Werbow
Congregation Beth Shalom
Sep 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
For each one of us there are times when we find ourselves all stressed out about some upcoming event. We may be giving a big presentation; we may be changing jobs or moving to a different city. We ...
Introducing non-Jewish Europeans to Jewish life
by Ruth Ellen Gruber
JTA
Sep 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
PITIGLIANO, Italy -- In Italy, where there are only about 25,000 affiliated Jews in a population of 60 million, most Italians have never knowingly met a Jew. "It's unfortunate," said the Italian Je...
Blessings or curses
Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
by Rabbi Sara Rae Perman
Congregation Emanu-El Israel, Greensburg
Aug 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
In my college years, I traveled to Israel with a classmate. For each of us, it was not our first trip to Israel. Idealistic and naïve, we traveled on our own with plans to volunteer on a kibbutz. W...
Count us in
by Rabbi Joseph S. Weiss
B’nai Emunoh Congregation
Aug 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
The 110 verses of this week’s Torah portion contain an assortment of laws that cover practically every area of human endeavor. Seventy-four separate Mitzvos each with their attendant particular law...