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Recognize the Darkness and Offer Light- This is no Time for Neutrality

  See, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. ורְאֵ֗ה אָֽנֹכִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לִפְנֵיכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם בְּרָכָ֖ה וּקְלָלָֽה: Deu 11:26   Over the last couple of days it feels like a curse is threatening our society. We have been watching TV, reading newspapers, hearing stories from friends…. The images and the stories coming from Charlottesville in 2017 look like

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Pekudei: your own deeds will cause you to be near, and your own deeds will cause you to be far.

    ELE PEKUDEI HAMISHKAN – “These are the numbers of the Mishkan”, they are the words that begin our Torah portion. We are concluding the fifth of 5 Torah portions that are focused on the construction of the Tabernacle. We continue reading on Exodus 38:21 : “These are the numbers of the Mishkan that are counted by Moses’ command.

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Learning from the Haftarah “Yehuda Amichai Was RIGHT”

Reading from the Book of Kings for this week’s Haftarah: “And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as He had promised him, and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and they both made a league together”. How interesting it is that peace comes from WISDOM and not from righteousness! Apparently Amichai knew what he was talking about….   The Place

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Ki tetze: The Jewish Experience…. Just Catch A Ball!

  Would you like to say something before we switch off the microphone?   This is an important question to keep in mind in order to understand what the Torah has been talking about over the last parashot (portions) and specifically this week in Parashat Ki Tetze! And what is Torah’s answer? The largest list of commandments in the whole

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When the Words Of Leah Goldberg Meet Yehudit Ravitz’s Voice, “Selichot- Forgivness” For a Thoughtful Shabbat in Elul

  You came to me, to open my eyes. To me your body was a view, A window and a mirror. You came as night comes to the owl To show him, in the darkness, all things.   And I learned: There’s a name For each eyelash and fingernail, And for every hair on the exposed flesh. And the scent

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