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Shabbat Shalom | May 24, 2024

Dear Friends, In the small section of the Talmud known as Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of Our Fathers, we find the following teaching: “Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Perachya says, ‘Make for yourself a teacher and acquire for yourself a friend, and judge each person favorably.” (Pirke Avot Chapter 1, [...]

Shabbat Shalom | May 17, 2024

Dear Friends, I want to thank all of you who have reached out since I shared Raina’s and my plans to make Aliyah in two years. I have been so touched and moved by your emails and the outpouring of kind wishes. We are excited for what lies [...]

Shabbat Shalom | May 10, 2024

Dear Friends, Commenting on this week’s Torah portion Kedoshim, Rabbi Bradley Artson observes, With Parashat Kedoshim, we begin what the rabbis of the Midrash recognized as "the section dealing with holiness."... Characteristic of this portion of scripture is the repeated injunction, "You shall be holy, for I, the [...]

Shabbat Shalom | May 3, 2024

Dear Friends, A beautiful tradition teaches that between the festivals of Passover and Shavuot we should study a chapter from the small Talmudic Tractate known as Pirke Avot–Ethics of the Fathers. Pirke Avot is a series of teachings from the early rabbis that offer powerful insight into their [...]

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