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Shabbat Shalom | March 15, 2024

Dear Friends, In an article from ten years ago Rabbi Daniel Gordis makes a direct connection between the festival of Purim and the evil of Amalek, an enemy of our people in antiquity who attacked our community from the rear, targeting the most vulnerable in the community. (Those [...]

Shabbat Shalom | March 8, 2024

Dear Friends, I spent this past week at two powerful, important, albeit troubling conferences. The first was a small gathering of 100 rabbis sponsored by the Leffell Foundation, Maimonides Fund and the Paul E Singer Foundation. Entitled “Zionism: A New Conversation,” for three days we met with leading educators to [...]

Shabbat Shalom | March 1, 2024

Dear Friends, In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Ki-Tissa, God speaks to Moses on top of Mt. Sinai and, among other instructions, explains the requirement that the people should observe one day each week as a day of rest. “Six days may work be done,” God tells him, [...]

Shabbat Shalom | February 23, 2024

Dear Friends, This week’s Torah Portion, Tetzaveh, continues the instructions for constructing the Tabernacle, the portable Temple that accompanied our ancestors during the desert wanderings, and the various ritual items used in it. It tells us, They shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson [...]

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