Next Wednesday evening we shall celebrate an unusual Seder Night, one that even the eldest of the elders may not remember one quite like it. I have no doubt that each and every one of us has memories from a Seder that was celebrated under difficult or demanding circums...

On this Shabbat we begin the reading from the book of Leviticus, the third of the five books of the Torah. The reading for and foremost deals with the process of the offerings, how they are done and for what. We at the Reform Movement do not pray for the return of thes...

This week we complete the reading of the book of Exodus as we read two sections of the Torah combined. On this Shabbat that we were asked to keep a social distance, we are conducting our ritual gatherings in cyberspace. It is a space that allows the creation of communi...

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from...

In both the Haftarah and this past Shabbat's reading of the Torah, we find the discussion about the building of the Altar of Sacrifice. In the book of Exodus it is described in this manner, “you shall make an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of a...

There is a lot of symbolism when a structure is erected. This week we read about two such projects. From the Torah we read, “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernac...

Next week we begin the month of Adar and the Shabbat before that is known as Shabbat Shekalim, which coincidentally is when I celebrated my Bar Mitzvah. Five decades have passed and still the readings of this Shabbat echo in my ears. It is a Shabbat were we begin to re...

This week we read probably the most known portion of the Bible, the Ten Commandments. Starting with “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” all the way to “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not...

This week we get the chance to read two pieces of poetry, the Song on the Sea and Deborah’s Song. In the first song, “Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord” and they were answered by, “Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took the timbrel in her han...

this week we viewed with excitement as kings, princes, prime ministers and presidents that made their way to participate in the events of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that took place in Jerusalem, hosted by president Rivlin. Moving speeches were delivere...

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