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Emor: Making Space for G-d

May 11, 2019 – 10:45 pm | 69 views

Making space for G-d is the name of the game during the season of the Omer. There are forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, and we enjoy and savor them all. We count each day as if it were a precious jewel as we prepare for the festival of Shavuot. …

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Yom Hazikaron: We Remember

May 10, 2019 – 9:23 am |

Sweeping vista
Lifeless plane
Victory hollow
Heart of pain

 

Land mass strewn
friend and foe
Lie forever
Battle throe

 

Sand storm rising
Sinai beckons
A soul asunder
Wanders, reckons

 

Patience try
Today on high
Was it worth it
An anguished sigh

 

A rising wave
A tidal crest
We won the war
We lost our best

 

Victory sweet
A price so steep
Oh please dear G-d
My brother keep

 

Sinai captured
Fires cease
Dead, secure
A lasting peace

 

Will our neighbors
See the light
Will they give up
The endless fight

 

Your loss protected
The lives of others
A grateful country
Sisters brothers

 

You gave your life
You formed a nation
A sacrifice
For generations

 

In death you serve
We cry forever
We live for you
But see you never

 

Your body broken
A missile a mine
Your soul complete
A sacred shrine

 

A burning coal
A glowing ember
Eternal hero
We remember

 

K’doshim: The Manual

May 5, 2019 – 9:15 pm |
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The manual for G-d’s creation is the Torah. Just like a manual outlines all the safe and unsafe practices for an appliance, so does the Torah lay out all the proper practices for life.  Just as a manual explains the use of every feature of the appliance, so does the …

Acharei Mot: Yom Kippur

April 29, 2019 – 9:37 am |
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Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar year. It is unusual to discuss Yom Kippur shortly after Passover, but it comes up this week because the Torah portion of the week describes the Yom Kippur service that was performed by the High Priest in the Holy of …

Passover: Bland Matzah

April 13, 2019 – 10:58 pm |
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Have you ever noticed that we eat bland Matzah at the Seder table?
There are no spices in Matzah; we don’t add anything to give it zest because we want it to resemble the poor man’s bread. We don’t even add salt. In fact, we are not permitted to add salt …

Metzora: Twitter

April 6, 2019 – 10:15 pm |
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Twitter nowadays has little to do with birds and everything to do with people, but the underlying idea is the same. Birds tweet to make noise and people tweet to make noise. Twitter is not a place for deep conversation. It is a place for shallow discussion, impetuous thrusts, and …

Tazria: Holier Than Thou

March 30, 2019 – 11:39 pm |
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Tazria: Holier Than Thou
Holier than thou is an expression that connotes false piety. It describes those who pass themselves off as holy when they aren’t. For example, those who give generous donations when others are looking, but nothing at all when no one takes notice. Or those who make sure …

Shemini: Examine Again

March 23, 2019 – 11:37 pm |
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Examine again, is a central feature of Torah study. We derive this from the words “examine, he examined”[1]  a description of an examination made by Moses.
On the inaugural day of the Tabernacle, Moses left instructions for a particular offering, and when they went unheeded, he investigated the matter. However, he …

Purim: Jewish Identity

March 16, 2019 – 10:41 pm |
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Can we deny our Jewish identity? This question was a subject of debate among Jews since the advent of the Jewish enlightenment. Reeling under the burden of antisemitism, many Jews concluded that if they were to conform in dress and behavior to the wider population, they would blend in and …

Vayikra: Love

March 9, 2019 – 9:27 pm |
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True love can only emerge when two people perform acts of love for each other. I am not talking about the shallow love that people describe when they talk about falling in love. That kind of love is skin deep. I am not even talking about the kind of love …