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12/09/2023 09:58:42 AM


A Window To G-d: Dreams in Jewish Thought

06/12/2023 01:06:22 PM



As we read this week’s Parashat HaShavua, Vayeishev, a particularly exciting topic stirs our curiosity: the deep, and profound theme of dreams in the Torah, and how their interpretations related to us in a physical, rational world. This week's Torah portion, filled with stories of Joseph and Pharaoh's respective  dreams, begs us to search even deeper, into the depths of the the spiritual dimensions of dreams in our...Read more...

Sarah and the "Ugly Rabbi"

09/11/2023 09:41:31 AM


What is true beauty?

Parashat Chayei Sarah begins with the death of Sarah, and Abraham immediately looks for a burial place for his beloved wife, which leads him to purchase the Cave of Machpelah. In this same Torah portion, we also read of Avraham's servant Eliezer’s quest to find a wife for Yitzchak. Eliezer’s journey results in him choosing Rivka to be Yitzchak’s wife, because of her kind deeds.

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Parashat Vayeira: Reject "The New Normal!"

02/11/2023 04:10:09 PM


Avraham Avinu, “Abraham our Father”, embodies everything that we Jews think of when we think of hospitality and kindness. This was so vividly illustrated in parashat Vayeira: despite recovering from circumcising himself at the age of ninety-nine, Avraham eagerly and graciously welcomed three strangers (who turned out to be angels in disguise) into his tent.

Our Sages teach us that “G’dolah Hachnasat Orchin Yoter Mikabalat...Read more...

Hin’ni, Humility and Leadership

21/09/2023 09:46:42 AM


Shalom dear friends,

Every year, when preparing the “Hin’ni”(“Here I am”) prayer, I admit I feel a little silly.  Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Judgement, and obviously a sincere Jewish congregation wants for its Shliach Tzibbur (“Emissary of the Congregation”) to be an Anav…..someone who is humble. This make sense….and then it is followed by me theatrically walking up from the back of...Read more...

The Importance of Minyan Attendance, by Cantor Ron Donenfeld, Director of Spiritual Engagement

13/09/2023 12:51:05 PM


Minyan attendance holds great significance in living a Jewish life. In the Babylonian Talmud, communal prayer is profoundly emphasized in Masekhet Berakhot 6b. The Talmud says, "Wherever ten are found, there the Shechina (The Divine Presence) rests,". This stresses the principle that even our regular minyanim of regular Jews, together forms a holy collective,  in which our unity actually enhances our Divine connection. As Jews, we have a...Read more...

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