Rabbi’s message

March 26, 2020 — 1 Nisan 5780

March 26, 2020 -- 1 Nisan 5780 Shalom Chaverim,      The Ritual Committee, Cantor, and I have decided to institute pre-Shabbat (Kabbalat Shabbat) and post-Shabbat (Havdalah) virtual services during this time when we cannot be together physically.      We hope you will...

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March 24, 2020 — 28 Adar 5780

March 24, 2020 -- 28 Adar 5780 Shalom Chaverim, Kaddish and COVID-19: What can we do? Can we assemble a minyan via the internet during this time of crisis? The Issue:      The Talmud (Pesachim 85b) explains that, when a group comes together to perform the mitzvah of...

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March 21, 2020 — 25 Adar 5780

March 21, 2020 -- 25 Adar 5780 THOUGHTS ON PARSHAT HACHODESH      This Shabbat is Parshat HaChodesh, the Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The Maftir reading explains that "this month" (which though unnamed refers to what we call Nissan) is to be the first month of...

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March 18, 2020 — 22 Adar 5780

March 18, 2020 -- 22 Adar 5780 Thoughts on the Third Aliyah of Vayakel      The name of the assistant builder of the Mishkan (tabernacle) is Oholiav ben Achisomoch.      During of first session of Parsha and Pizza tonight we discussed the significance of the name...

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March 17, 2020 — 21 Adar 5780

March 17, 2020 -- 21 Adar 5780 Thoughts on the Second Aliyah of Vayakel Shalom Chaverim       Yesterday, in the first aliyah, we saw that Moshe's response to the social breakdown which led to the building of the Egel Zahav (Golden Calf) was to rebuild community by...

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March 16, 2020 — 20 Adar 5780

March 16, 2020 -- 20 Adar 5780 Shalom Chaverim:      On Friday David Brooks of the New York Times cautioned that though combating COVID-19 has joined us in common cause, fear can bring out the worst in people. His cautionary words were an appeal that we allow...

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