Happy Birthday Israel ! Little Israel is 65 years old. You might be thinking, and this is a big deal because … The State of Israel is this little speck of land, barely the size of Rhode Island. It took me longer to drive here today from Birmingham than it takes to go from Eilat…

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Shabbat Shalom, Many folks including me consider this weekʼs Parsha, Tazria the most disgusting Parsha. This week we learn about skin problems in gross details. Rashʼs, zits, leprocy, oh my! Thereʼs no doctors, no dermatologists, no pimple cream in the exodus story. Thereʼs only the priests. Imagine coming to see the Rabbi when you have…

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Shabbat Shalom, כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה הַמַּעֲלֶה אֶתְכֶם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לִהְיּת לָכֶם לֵאלֹהִים וִהְיִיתֶם קְדוֹש אָניִ For I Adonai am the One who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God: you shall be holy, for I am holy. In this weekʼs Parsha Shemini, we are given the rules of Kashrut. What…

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Chag Sameach, Every year we come together to celebrate our freedom. Every year we say the blessings, eat our wonderful Pesach meal, complain about the matzah and drink just a little too much. But, before we can do our seder we must first clean out our Chametz and prepare for Pesach. We go through our…

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Shabbat Shalom, Once a pious Jew fell on hard times and was forced to sell his cow. The cow worked for her new owner for six days but refused to work on the Sabbath. The new owner beat her, but she still refused to stand up and pull the plow. Indignant he brought the cow…

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Shabbat Shalom, Patience, patience, patience This weekʼs Parshat, Ki Tisa is all about patience or the lack of patience. Moses is called to Mount Sinai to speak with God and the Israelites are left alone. Their patience soon runs out and they gang up on Aaron and demand to know why Moses has abandoned them….

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Shabbat Shalom, This week’s parsha is Titzaveh, which translates to instruct. God is instructing the Is- raelites on how and who is a priest, what their duties are and how they are to dress. I want to focus on the Ner Tamid. The first instruction is to set up lamps outside the Holy of Holies…

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Shabbat Shalom וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵאמֹר And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. The Israelites had no feeling of community like we do. When Moses took them out of Egypt they went kicking a screaming. At the Red Sea they even asked…

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Shabbat Shalom, The People of the Book In this weekʼs Parsahat, Mishpatim translates as “Laws.” God tells the laws to Moses and Moses tells the laws to the Children of Israel. When Moses tells them the laws they all respond with “We will do!” Moses decides to go one step further and for the first…

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