Hoshana Rabah

In Israel the holiday of Hoshana Rabbah and Simchat Torah was one day.  When I came to the United States, I was somewhat confused…Outside of the land of Israel these two holidays are separated. These two holidays are commonly thought of as part of Sukkot, but that is technically incorrect; Shemini Atzeret is a holiday…

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“You shall hold the Feast of Huts…You shall rejoice in your festival… for seven days… for the Lord your God will bless you in all your income and all your handiwork, and you shall be fully joyful”.  (Deuteronomy 16:13-17) With the fullness of the moon in the month of Tishrei, exactly six months from the…

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A Discussion for the High Holy Days

I came across this as I was preparing myself for the high Holy Days. And I loved it. So, here it is for you! Discuss it with your loved ones around the dinner table this week, and we will see you at shul on Friday night for Kol Nidrei service! 1) When do I feel…

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A Pure Heart

In the Bible,  book of Deuteronomy chapter 30:6 it is said וּמָל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶת-לְבָבְךָ, וְאֶת-לְבַב זַרְעֶךָ:  לְאַהֲבָה אֶת-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ–לְמַעַן חַיֶּיךָ. “The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.”  What…

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A Letter To Families: How to talk about Antisemitism

From Rabbi Josh Rose: Shalom At this time of year we look forward to Rosh HaShanah and all of the personal and communal renewal it promises.  While surely the Jewish people have much to be thankful for, still we have to be honest about some ugly events in our nation in recent months. Our grandparents…

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Elul 2

‏אין צדיק בארץ שאף פעם לא יחטא There is no righteous person that never sinned. The month of Elul has always been a super reflective month for me. As it’s anthem, “I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me” אני לדודי ודודי לי.  Many people at first glance may think that this…

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It is Rosh Chodesh Elul! Our last month of the Jewish year. After a summer filled with outings, sun, visiting with friends, we begin thinking about getting back into our routine. If you are a teacher, you begin to plan your year at school. If you are a student, you prepare to go back to…

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Yom Yetushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim is a great day in Jewish history. Please read my blog and watch rabbi sacks’s video for a deeper understanding. Jeruslam is ours! Here is a song by ben snof which always stirs me when I hear it. It is taken from Psalm 137:5.   I have attached the Hebrew words below. Click here…

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Shema V’ahavta

Click on link below to listen: Dorice’s thoughts: This prayer is one of the most important prayers in Judaism. Taken from the last book in the Torah, Deuteronomy chapter 6, it expresses the Ikkar (the main essence) of our belief in Judaism, and it is sung in every service with minyan or without. It is the oldest fixed daily…

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Eshet Chayil

Click on link below to listen:  Eishet chayil mi yimtza ve-rachok mi-peninim michrah Batach bah leiv ba’alah ve-shalal lo yech’sar. Gemalat’hu tov ve-lo ra kol yemei chayeha. Dar’eshah tzemer u’fishtim va-ta’as be-cheifetz kapeha.   Hay-eta ko-oniyos socheir mi-merchak tavi lachma. Va-takam be’od laila va-titein teref le-veitah ve-chok le-na’aroteha. Zamema sadeh va-tika’cheihu mi-peri chapeha nata karem.…

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