13 Cheshvan 5781

October 30, 2020 The opening words of this week’s Torah portion, Lech-Lecha (Genesis 12:1- 17:27); God appears to Abraham and says: leave your land, your birthplace, your parents’ home, and follow me to a land that I will show you. And Abraham goes?  With no idea of where or why he is going, Abraham hears God’s…

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6 Cheshvan 5781

October 23, 2020 This week’s Torah portion, Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32,) provokes many questions. Was EVERYTHING on the Earth that “corrupt” that it needed to be eradicated? By a flood, no less? As the Midrash tells us, even the slime on the rocks and the moss on the trees had to go! The fish in the…

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29 Tishrei 5781

October 16, 2020 A popular joke: One Yom Kippur the rabbi was warning the congregation about the fragility of life.  “One day everyone in this congregation is going to die,” the rabbi thundered from the bimah.  Seated in the front row was a little old Jewish Grandmother who laughed out loud, when she heard this.…

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22 Tishrei 5781

October 9, 2020 There are two, fundamental stories that one can tell about the nature of time: In the first, most common in the ancient world, time is envisioned as a vast, unbroken circle. The moon grows and shrinks with each passing month, and then does it again. The seasons progress on in an endless…

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15 Tishrei 5781

October 2, 2020 These are tough times for everyone. Only a few days ago, we recited “who shall live and who shall die. This year we really feel our vulnerability to those  awful propositions: “Who shall live and who shall die.´ “Who by fire” in the west, “who by storm and water” in our south…

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