Rabbi’s Sermons

Devarim: July 29, 2017

  • Posted on August 4, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. I think it is easy to figure out what is going through the mind of Moses as he stands before the people and begins his last speeches before he dies. He wants to remind people of how far they have come, how difficult the road has been and how careful they will need […] Read More »

Mattot Maase: July 22, 2017

  • Posted on August 4, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. The People of Israel are nearing the end of their travels in the wilderness. They are approaching the Promised Land after their 40 years of punishment have come to an end. Our parshah has many details about how life for the Israelites will be different when they are no longer wandering and finally […] Read More »

Pinchas & Welcome to Cantor Bolts: July 15, 2017

  • Posted on July 17, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. This week and last week we met Pinchus, a nephew to Moses and Aaron and a member of the Levitical guard for the Mishkan. When Zimri, one of the tribal chieftains from the tribe of Shimon attempts to bring idolatry into the sacred area with Cozbi, a Moabite priestess, Pinchus, in his religious […] Read More »

Shelach Lecha & Troy Videll’s Bar Mitzvah: June 17, 2017

  • Posted on June 18, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. Troy, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner once asked a pre-school child who was looking around the synagogue, “What do you think is behind the curtain on the Bima?” The Rabbi had asked this to other students and had gotten different responses. One child told him that there was nothing behind the curtain. Another little girl […] Read More »

Bahalotecha & Daniel Norman’s Bar Mitzvah: June 10, 2017

  • Posted on June 11, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. Daniel, the name of your Parsha, Bahalotecha, is a Hebrew word that means “When you raise up”. At first glance, it seems to be part of the instructions on how to light the lamps on the Lampstand in the Mishkan. Rashi, the great commentator on the Bible, notes that when it comes to […] Read More »

Naso & Bat Mitzvah of Lauren Bula: June 3, 2017

  • Posted on June 4, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. Lauren, you spoke today about your Torah reading but I want to spend some time on the Haftara that you read. You read the beginning of the story of Sampson, a man who led a very complicated life that ended tragically as he tried to save his people.  The beginning of the story […] Read More »

Shavuot Morning Service Day 2 – Yizkor: June 1, 2017

  • Posted on June 2, 2017
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Hag Sameach. When it comes to miracles, Judaism teaches that the paradigm of all miracles is the crossing of the sea. God comes through at just the right time to save Israel and to destroy their enemy. But, when it comes to God putting on a great show, there is nothing that can compare with […] Read More »

Shavuot Morning Service Day 1: May 31, 2017

  • Posted on June 2, 2017
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Hag Sameach. We are here this morning to celebrate a very special anniversary, the anniversary of the giving of the Torah by God to the Jewish People on Mt. Sinai shortly after the Exodus from Egypt. We talk endlessly about God freeing us from Egyptian slavery, but there is a second part to that redemption. […] Read More »

Bamidbar: May 27, 2017

  • Posted on May 28, 2017
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This week’s Parsha is Bamidbar, the continuation of the story of the People of Israel as they leave Mt. Sinai and travel to the Promised Land. The word, “Bamidbar” means “in the  desert” a place that is a wilderness, difficult terrain that is hard to traverse. The commentators note that to attain the Promised Land, […] Read More »

Behar-Behukotai: May 20, 2017

  • Posted on May 22, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom Mimi Feigelson is a woman Orthodox Rabbi in Los Angeles who works as a spiritual mentor for rabbinical students and as a lecturer of Rabbinic Literature at the American Jewish University. She has a command of the works of many of the early Hasidic Masters. This week, she found a question in the […] Read More »

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