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The peace we owe to Avraham
Parshat Chayei Sarah Genesis 23:1 - 25:18 In this week’s parshah, each member of Avraham’s family undergoes a fundamental transition: Sarah dies, Yitzchak and Rivkah meet and marry, Avraham dies, Y...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guess who’s coming to minyan
Parshat Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22:24 I do not recommend nor do I advocate that the Jewish law regarding the composition of a minyan should be abrogated in any fashion. But I do admire the openness an...
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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An ‘Aha!’ moment
Parshat Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27 In this week’s Torah portion, Abram (as he is called at the beginning) is told to “Go! Go from your land, from your birthplace, from the house of your father ...
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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The struggle for meaning: the masterpiece that is life
Parshat Veyechi Genesis: 47-28-50:26/I Kings 2:1-12
by Rabbi Aaron Bisno
Rodef Shalom Congregation
Dec 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
We have been taught that artists, when constructing a masterpiece, are not well served if they continually wield the brush. At times, artists must put the brush down, step back from the canvas and ...
Slavery for food a troubling passage in Torah portion
Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27
by Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner
Temple Shalom, Wheeling, W.Va.
Dec 10, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
This past week, when Israel’s Carmel Forest was ablaze, aid came from individuals who donated money and by governments who supplied needed equipment. Earlier this year, when a devastating earthquak...
Perchance to dream: A gateway to God
Miketz/Shabbat Chanuka Genesis 41:1-44:17
by Rabbi Mark Joel Mahler
Temple Emanuel of South Hills
Dec 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Jacob had nothing but a rock to lay his head upon, yet he dreamed of God speaking words of comfort and inspiration to him. Pharaoh had the finest of Egypt’s finery to rest his head upon, yet he dre...
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...