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You changed my sackcloth into robes of joy
For more than half my lifetime I have done my best to help victims of violent crimes in their struggle to recover. I have counseled rape, murder, terrorist and abuse victims spiritually, emotionall...
Apr 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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New moon, new months
Tazria Leviticus 9:1-11:47 The first Passover Seder is nearly upon us. How do we know? No need to look at the calendar; go outside and look at the moon. As our ancestors did, we too can look at the...
Mar 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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That last bite of matzah has a special message
Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47 The countdown to Passover is on. With that in mind, what will we do this year to make Passover less about food — especially decadent chocolate cakes preceded by a multi...
Mar 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Purim paradox: Now more than ever
Shabbat Zachor, Leviticus 6:1-8:36 One of my rabbis in seminary told this story: While serving as an Army chaplain, a soldier professed to him, “I believe every word in the Bible!” The rabbi replie...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Little alephs need our help
Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26 In this week’s parshah, which is the beginning of the book of Leviticus, we have something very unusual in the Torah scroll.  The first word, Vayikra, which means “And H...
Mar 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holy housewarming can strengthen community
Suppose you fell in love, and wanted your beloved to move in with you.  You would probably arrange the residence exactly the way s/he likes it, with the furniture positioned and the tchotchkes depl...
Feb 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The three signs
by Rabbi Eli Seidman, Jewish Association on Aging
Jan 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1 Moshe was called by G-d to be the leader of Israel, and to take out the Israelites from Egypt. But he objected that the Israelites would not believe him when he would tell th...
Flour and Torah
by Rabbi Eli Seidman, Jewish Association on Aging
Dec 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Vayechi, 47:28-50:26 There is a famous Hebrew saying: “Without flour, there is no Torah; without Torah, there is no flour.” ( Pirke Avot 3:21) The first part means that a person needs to be realist...
Recognizing the need to change
by Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Rodef Shalom Congregation
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Vayigash 44:18-47:27 This week’s Torah portion Vayigash is about recognition. Specifically, the story concerns Joseph and his brothers at the moment when those who had earlier sold a younger Joseph...
G-d was with us then — and now
by Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner, Temple Shalom, Wheeling, W.Va.
Dec 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Mikeitz 41:1-44:17 We are in the middle of celebrating one of our most joyous holidays — Chanuka. Chanuka is fun to celebrate, whether we are young or old, for we all enjoy lighting our chanukkiot,...
Who was that man?
by Rabbi Paul Tuchman, Temple B’nai Israel, White Oak
Dec 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23 Joseph, at Jacob’s request, travels to find his elder brothers who are tending Jacob’s flocks. “A man” finds Joseph wandering in the fields (Genesis 37:15) and helps hi...
Time to talk
by Rabbi Sara Rae Perman, Congregation Emanu-El Israel, Greensburg
Nov 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4-36:43 This week’s parsha contains a troubling story.  I had been taught that it so bothered the rabbis that the tradition was to read the disturbing part straight through w...
I believe in angels
by Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, New Light Congregation
Nov 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Vayetze, Genesis 28:10-32:3 Jake was fired from his job this week.  After 18 months of investment and work with the new company, and moving across the country with his family, it turned out that Ja...
All in the family
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Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Toldot, Genesis 25:19-28:9 “Hafokh ba, v’hafokh ba,” our sages teach us — turn it, and turn it again, for all is in our Torah. More than the ritual laws and ethical precepts that form the basis of ...
All in the family
by Rabbi Howard Stein, Temple Ohav Shalom Religious School and /bookmark/20749056-
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Toldot, Genesis 25:19-28:9 “Hafokh ba, v’hafokh ba,” our sages teach us — turn it, and turn it again, for all is in our Torah. More than the ritual laws and ethical precepts that form the basis of ...
Extraordinary women
by Rabbi James A. Gibson, Temple Sinai
Nov 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Chayei Sara, Genesis 23:1-25:18 This Torah portion is called Chayei Sara for good reason.  Even though the very first verse reports the death of our mother, Sara, it says that she lived , meaning t...