Holiday Messages

A More Intimate Gathering

October 16, 2014
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A More Intimate Gathering

Listen to an audio version When I was a boy growing up in New York our family gatherings were like a scene out of the Barry Levinson movie Avalon. On Thanksgiving and Chanukah especially our get-togethers would involve not only our immediate family, but also an extended family of grandparents, aunts and uncles, great...
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The Lamb of God; Dayenu

March 27, 2013
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The Lamb of God; Dayenu

Listen to an audio version At the each Passover Seder just prior to the second cup of wine we sing Dayenu (lit. It would have been enough) a song that recognizes each of God’s beneficent gifts to Israel. After the enumeration of each gift we respond by singing Dayenu! It would have been enough!...
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Cleaning Our Homes and Hearts

March 19, 2013
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Cleaning Our Homes and Hearts

This Shabbat is Shabbat HaGadol or the Sabath of “the Great One”. The Great One is Elijah the prophet, the one who according to tradition will herald the coming of the Messiah. So on this last Shabbat prior to Pesach we are alerted to prepare ourselves and our homes for this extraordinary event.  So...
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Lessons Learned From A Little Sukkah

September 22, 2010
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Lessons Learned From A Little Sukkah

In Judaism it is considered a mitzvah to not only dwell in a sukkah, but also to build it. In fact the process is considered one of such joyous fulfillment that it is best to do it as soon after Yom Kippur as is possible. So on Sunday, the day after Yom Kippur we...
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