November 12, 2018

וְאֵ֛לֶּה תּוֹלְדֹ֥ת יִצְחָ֖ק בֶּן־אַבְרָהָ֑ם

“V’eileh tol’dot Yitzhak ben-Avraham.”

“These are the generations of Isaac, son of Abraham.”

Parashat Toldot gives us the backstory on Eisav and Yaakov, Esau and Jacob who become Edom and Israel. Toldot speaks of the conflict...

October 22, 2018

The young man stood amongst the debris. Shattered torsos, crumbled arms, broken legs… clay and stone that moments before had posed as gods littered the ground. As his father’s footsteps echoed in the hall, he quickly planted a stick into the still hand of a large idol—...

October 8, 2018

A bus is traveling from Bnai Brak to Jerusalem, nearly full, mostly with Chassidim. At the last stop, a scantily clad young woman boards the bus and finds a seat next to one of the Chassidim. Clearly uncomfortable, he squirms for a while and then reaches into his knaps...

September 24, 2018

With Parshat Haazinu we’ve climbed to one of the peaks of Jewish spirituality in Torah. For a month Moshe had taught the people. This is our book of Devarim, Deuteronomy. He told them of their history and destiny, and the laws that would make theirs a unique society of...

September 4, 2018

Good morning everyone. We’re going to start with a survey. Raise your hand and keep it up if you can answer yes to any of these questions:

Have you ever moved to a new house or a new city?

Have you ever switched to a new school or started a new job?

Have you ever gotten m...

March 10, 2018

Chazak, chazak v’nitchazek!

Like we did today, we traditionally ready these words 5 times a year as we finish each book of the Torah. If you listen carefully to this phrase in Hebrew, you’ll notice that we are pretty much saying the same word “chazak” three times in rep...

August 23, 2015

 

     Our parashah today discusses many topics of justice, of jurisprudence and of social ethics. Today I would like to expand upon a topic that is only mentioned briefly but which holds considerable weight.  Before I do so, I need to take you back to last week.  Do yo...

June 7, 2015

Our parasha B’ha-alot’cha begins with the lighting of the Menorah.  What can we learn from these verses?  Bamidbar, chapter 8, in the Complete Jewish Bible version reads:

 

ADONAI said to Moshe, "Tell Aharon, 'When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps are to cast t...

October 26, 2014

 

Imagine your neighbors on the left as thieves, stealing whatever they want whenever they want it.  Imagine your neighbors on the right as pyromaniacs, igniting things just for fun to watch them burn.  Picture your sister as a harlot and your brother an adulterer.  Ima...

September 8, 2014

Some of you may remember how the Tigers were virtually untouchable the summer of 1984.  Others may remember Gremlins in the theaters or the Ghostbusters.  I spent 4 awesome weeks that summer at Camp Tamarack and otherwise, practicing for my Bar Mitzvah.  September 7, 1...

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