14 Adar 5781

February 26, 2021 CHAG SAMEACH! and HAPPY PURIM! It is hard to believe that we have been living with the pandemic for a full year. The Coronavirus first hit our community days before last Purim. Twelve months later, our lives have been transformed in every conceivable way by this invisible threat. Yet now at last…

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7 Adar 5781

February 19, 2021 As a student of mathematics, sometimes I like to play with numbers.  I hear stories about the declining religiosity of Americans, mostly from parents who are concerned for their children. Usually these worries come from a place of deep love and wanting the next generation to feel as connected to the parts…

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30 Shevat 5781

February 12, 2021 On Sunday, some will celebrate the holiday of roses and candy hearts. Even though Valentine’s Day got its start as a Christian liturgical celebration, this week’s Torah portion coincidently contains some interesting points about intimate relationships. Specifically, the Torah discusses how proper relationships should be formed and provides a literal explanation of…

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23 Shevat 5781

February 5, 2021 “The entire people responded together and said, ‘Everything that God has spoken we will do!’” (Ex. 19.8) With these words from this week’s portion, Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23), we commit ourselves collectively to the same covenant to which our ancestors committed themselves individually. In this portion is the revelation at Sinai — the…

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