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The seas speak of God’s justice
­ Parshat Noach Genesis 6:9-11:32 This Shabbat also marks Rosh Chodesh Marcheshvan, the beginning of the one month in the Jewish calendar without any holidays at all. There is an interesting connec...
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Blessings for the miracles around us
Parshat Bereshit Genesis 1:1-6:8 Of all the Torah portions throughout the year, Bereshit is probably one of the most familiar ones in the Jewish community. And for this reason, we have heard many w...
Oct 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Approaching Yom Kippur, a thorough scrubbing for the New Year
Why does Rosh Hashanah precede Yom Kippur? You would think that if our sins were instantly forgiven on Yom Kippur, we would be in a better position on Rosh Hashanah to be inscribed for a new year o...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Return again
Parshat Nitzavim/Vayelech Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30 “Atah nitzavim, you are standing, all of you, this day before God. You, your leaders, and the most humble of the people.” So begins this week’s Tora...
Sep 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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The importance of ethical wills
Parshat Ha’azinu Deuteronomy 32:1-52 At the end of his life, Moses addresses us, the Israelites, for the last time in the Torah portion of Ha’azinu. He recounts the blessings that we have enjoyed a...
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Know it in your heart
Parsaht Ki Tavo Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 How long is a minute? When I was a child, my friends and I would test each other: Did we know how long a minute was? Of course we knew that a minute equaled 60...
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking for Hashem in every detail
Parshat Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23
by Rabbi Eli Seidman
Jewish Association on Aging
Nov 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
  While Joseph was in prison, Pharaoh’s chief wine steward and his chief baker were also incarcerated. Rashi explains that the chief wine steward was punished because there was a fly in Pharaoh’s w...
Pianist bridged heaven and earth place of darkness
Vayetze Genesis 28:10-32:3
by Rabbi Sharyn H. Henry
Rodef Shalom Congregation
Nov 12, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
“And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it.” — ...
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
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...