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Light Over Might

December 5, 2018
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Light Over Might

Listen to an audio version One of the primary messages of Chanukah is to avoid assimilation at all costs. But how often do we hear that the Chanukah story is about religious freedom? As if any religion would have been OK, so long as everyone got to choose for him or herself. Is that...
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Vayeshev – Servants of The Holy Blessing One

November 28, 2018
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Vayeshev – Servants of The Holy Blessing One

Listen to an audio version So often it would seem that the focus within American Judaism is on impressive edifices, building funds, synagogue attendance and business protocols – and why not? These values merely mirror those of our everyday lives. Sadly Judaism appears to have forgotten the purpose of Jewish identity. We were not...
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Vayetse – Finding Our Rosebud

November 12, 2018
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Vayetse – Finding Our Rosebud

Listen to an audio version The movie Citizen Kane has been voted by many film academies and publications to be the greatest American movie of all time. Though the film’s cinematography was cutting edge in 1941, these are certainly not up to the technical capabilities of today’s films, so it is rather the penetrating...
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Toledot – The Power of Blessing

November 6, 2018
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Toledot – The Power of Blessing

Listen to an audio version We tend to think of people; who lived long before us as primitive and less intelligent. Yet, contemporary Americans have made the alternative medicine industry a multi-billion-dollar throwback to the ancient craft of herb treatment. Studies have shown that the age-old practice of therapeutic massage has amazing healing results....
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Chaye Sarah – The Ongoing Miracle of a Life Well Lived

October 30, 2018
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Chaye Sarah – The Ongoing Miracle of a Life Well Lived

Listen to an audio version It is noteworthy that this week’s portion, which is entitled, Chaye Sarah, the life of Sarah, actually chronicles the matriarch’s death and burial, and her husband’s contemplative mourning. It begins though with a one sentence retrospective of her life. “Sarah’s lifetime was one hundred years, twenty years, and seven...
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Lech Lecha – The Syntax of Silence

October 17, 2018
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Lech Lecha – The Syntax of Silence

These are anxious times. Many people are facing significant changes in their lives and the long-standing institutions that help inform their lives and lend them a sense of security. People often feel insecure regarding their safety, their finances and the social structures they have come to depend on.  Divisive politics have divided neighborhoods, communities...
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B’reishit – Facing Our Other Side, East of Eden

October 1, 2018
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B’reishit – Facing Our Other Side, East of Eden

As we begin to explore this story of humankind outside the Garden of Eden, we like Cain should be uncomfortable with our first encounter being fratricide.  Yet if we are honest with ourselves, we need to admit that we walk away with less emotional investment into this narrative, than we put into the average...
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Nitsavim – Choose Life

September 5, 2018
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Nitsavim – Choose Life

Listen to an audio version God is dead! Or so some would say, such as Richard Rubinstein the esteemed former professor of religion at University of Florida and Bridgeport University. As a leading cultural analyst, and a most prominent “Death of God” theologians this is Rubinstein’s response to the horrific atrocities of humankind against...
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Matot – A Place of Refuge

July 11, 2018
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Matot – A Place of Refuge

This week’s Torah portion contains a theme that in the ancient world was peculiar to the religion of Israel – the compassion, care and grace of their patron God. A historically popular approach to theology is a bifurcation of the two Testimonies of Scripture.  According to this approach, the older testament is presented as a...
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Pinchas – Zeal Appeal Or The Real Deal

July 4, 2018
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Pinchas – Zeal Appeal Or The Real Deal

Listen to an audio version There are always two unseen guests at every bris, neither has been specifically invited, yet the spirit of each is evoked. Of course Elijah is the first unseen guest as he often is at Jewish celebrations and commemorations. Elijah represents more than Israel’s glorious past, but in addition he...
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