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Why Did They Have to Drown?

B’Shalach: Exodus 13:17 – 17:16 “Why Did They Have to Drown?”   The Song at The Sea with its archaic Hebrew style—when compared with the rest of Torah—is probably the most ancient text in the entire Jewish canon. It describes Moses and the...

Worthy and Belonging

VaEira: Exodus 6:2 – 9:35 “Worthy and Belonging”   At the end of last week’s portion, Moses, having faced Pharaoh’s first rebuke and retaliation upon the Israelite slaves, immediately complains to God. “My Lord, why have You harmed this people;...

Beyond Fear and Morality

Shemot: Exodua 1:1 – 6:1 “Beyond Fear and Morality”   The Book of Exodus opens with an accounting of the sons of Jacob—the brothers of Joseph—who have been living in Egypt at the invitation of Joseph and with permission from the pharaoh. After...

A Zodiac Wheel in a Synagogue?

Vayechi: Genesis 47:28 – 50:26 “A Zodiac Wheel in a Synagogue?”   During one of our congregation’s trips to Israel, we made a stop at the archeological site of Bet Alpha, a sixth-century synagogue near Beit She’an. The synagogue is famous for...

The Next Messiah

Chanukah Reflection 5783 “The Next Messiah”   The holiday of Chanukah that begins Sunday night, is a celebration of light, the commemoration of an ancient miracle. It is a time for us to reflect on the light in our life, and be reminded of the miracle...