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Parashat Pinchas. July 27, 2019

Carl Mandell

Who do you think of, person or group, past or present, when I say the word Zealot? Wait for answers. Well, this is one of themes or topics from this week’s parshah that I would like to discuss.
Being the type of person that I am, I thought that I would pick a fun and interesting topic within this week’s parsha, Pinchas.  What could be more interesting or provocative than two people being speared together while making love!! But...Read more...

Parashat Eikev, August 4, 2018

Cantor Sarah Bolts

Last week I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and I came across a satirical article of a type I've seen before (and I'm sure you've probably run across it too). It was written from a Christian perspective, making fun of the "antiquated" laws in the Bible… which just so happen to be some of the laws that we as Jews observe every day. The sort of "ha ha, the God of the Old Testament is so mean, also isn't it silly that the Bible tells us...Read more...

Parashat Vaetchanan, July 28, 2018

Cantor Sarah Bolts

The Talmud tells a story in which Rabbi Akiva and some other rabbis are walking through Jerusalem after the destruction of the Temple. When they pass the ruins of the Temple, they see a fox coming out of what used to be the Kodesh HaKodashim, the Holy of Holies. Immediately all of the rabbis start crying – except for Rabbi Akiva, who starts laughing.

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D’var Torah for Sisterhood Shabbat honoring Lisa Plavin

Illana Bernstein

D’var Torah given by Ilana Bernstein, Rabbi and Lisa Plavin’s daughter, for the occasion of Sisterhood honoring Lisa on Sisterhood Shabbat, January 16, 2016.

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Shabbat Shalom. I was so pleased when I was asked to speak this Shabbat. I believe it was nearly 25 years ago when I last stood here and delivered a d’var torah, at my bat mitzvah. My bat mitzvah parasha is Ki Teizei. I was one of the lucky ones to have a...Read more...

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