Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | August 12, 2022

The Sabbath after Tisha B’Av, the date commemorating the destruction of the 1st Temple and all other calamities in Judaism (it happened this past Sunday), is known as “Shabbat Nachamu,” the “Shabbat of consolation.” This name…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | August 5, 2022

How long should a journey take?  That is a question I want to pose for this week’s Torah portion, Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), in which the Israelites are poised between ending…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | July 29, 2022

It’s like clockwork: every year we reach these verses at the start of Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13) precisely as my high holiday preparations kick into high gear. It’s July. It’s summer. I…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | July 22, 2022

This week’s greetings is based upon the words of Chris Harrison in the anthology, The Social Justice Torah Commentary edited by Rabbi Barry Block. At the very beginning of this…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | July 15, 2022

Pssst! Have you heard the one about the talking donkey? This week’s Torah portion, Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) has a bit of a reputation. Between the talking donkey, the two main characters…

Brotherhood BlueClaws Game 8/27

By templenjAF | July 13, 2022

JOIN US FOR A GREAT FAMILY EVENT JERSEY SHORE BLUECLAWS BASEBALL vs. BROOKLYN CYCLONES Shoretown Ballpark 2 Stadium Way Lakewood, NJ 08701 Saturday August 27, 2022 First Pitch 7:00 PM…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | July 8, 2022

Moses loses his sister and brother in this week’s Torah portion, Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1), and while we are told that at Aaron’s death all Israel mourned, it is astonishing to…

A Message from the Rabbi

By templenjAF | July 1, 2022

Today, July 1, 2022, officially begins my 24th year serving as Rabbi of Temple Shalom of Aberdeen. I am truly blessed to be a part of this sacred community and…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | July 1, 2022

On Monday, we will celebrate our nation’s 246th birthday with the observance of  Independence Day. Barbecues, sunbathing at the beach, and watching fireworks are just some of the activities we may enjoy.…

Summer Hours

By templenjAF | June 30, 2022

During July and August 2022: Shabbat Evening Services will be virtual only, except July 15 & August 19 will be at the beach. Please plan accordingly. The Temple office will be…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | June 24, 2022

How do two people from similar backgrounds internalize an experience in entirely different ways? This question is at the heart of this week’s Torah portion, Sh’lach Lecha (Numbers 13:1-15:41). Moses…

Shabbat Greetings

By templenjAF | June 17, 2022

This week’s portion, Beha’a lo-t’cha (Numbers 8:1-12:16), we are told that “Moses was exceedingly humble, more so than any person on the face of the earth.” (12:3) Wow, what a…