Friday Posts

Shabbat Shalom

This week, instead of being cursed, the Israelites are given the blessing, “how good are your tents, Jacob, your dwellings, Israel,” a blessing we are reminded of every day. We are taught through this blessing that when we bring holiness into our lives, as Jacob did, our live are transformed....

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This week, in Parshat Hukat

This week, in Parshat Hukat, the Israelites face major thirst while wandering in the desert. Moses, instead of kindly asking the rock for water as God tells him to do, hits the rock instead. Moses’ punishment for this is the harsh reality of never entering the Land of Israel that...

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Lighting the Menorah

This weeks Torah portion - Be'halot'cha - discusses how Aaron HaKohen lit the Menorah every day. Our Sages teach us that even though he lit the Menorah all his life his passion for doing this commandment never waned. May we all be able to bring light and passion to the routine in...

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Berries in Israel

It’s that time of year again when the berries grow in Israel... May everyone have a Shabbat concentrating on the cyclical nature of time, how lucky we are to keep coming back to certain events while still moving forward. Shabbat Shalom!

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This week in Parashat Naso

This week in Parashat Naso, the priests are instructed how to bless the people. The blessing translates to: May YHVH bless you and keep you; May YHVH make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; May YHVH lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. In 1979 at a...

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Shmita – Jubilee

This week, the portion is all about Shmita, the Jubilee year, the 7th year that we give our fields a sabbatical. Not only humans need this gift of rest time, as does our world. May we all be reminded that everything in creation deserves a break sometimes and treat our...

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Shabbat shalom!

This week we discuss holiness and service, especially the role of the high priest in the Temple. He serves the people in many ways, yet one way he is not allowed to serve is by participating in a burial or coming in contact with the deceased, unless it is a...

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Counting to Shavuot

Today's counting of Omer discusses the "yesod of tiferet", or the elements of glory. May we all find glory and fascination in all the small things that this world has to offer us. Shabbat Shalom! Photo credit: Iris Jacobson at Lake Michigan this morning

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