This week, we read Shirat Hayam, the song we sing as we cross the sea, finally leaving Egypt. We are taught to always see ourselves as we, individually, have left Egypt. This connects us each to the collective memory of this most magnificent moment in our peoplehood’s history. May we all be grateful to be set free from something this
We are commanded to always remember leaving Egypt to arrive at freedom. We are commanded to remember what it was like to be a stranger in a strange land. At his speech commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz this past week, Reuben Rivlin, president of Israel, said in part of his speech, “Honored guests, the Jewish people
Shabbat Shalom. May we all have a peaceful and blessed week.
A new week, a new book, a new journey. Shabbat Shalom!
This week, in the last portion of the first book of the Torah, Jacob, otherwise known as Israel, our forefather, dies and is buried. He is the first person in the Torah to be mentioned as being gathered to his people rather than gathered to his fathers. This discussion of his burial is a watershed moment where we understand that
In this week’s Torah portion Vayechi, Jacob asks Joseph to take an oath that he will bury him in the Holy Land. Upon his passing, a large funeral procession consisting of Jacob’s descendants, Pharaoh’s ministers, the leading citizens of Egypt and the Egyptian cavalry accompanies Jacob on his final journey to the Holy Land, where he is buried in the
This week, Yehudah, the namesake and source of the Jewish people, offers himself in order to save his brother, Benjamin. This act brings Jacob’s sons, the tribes of Israel, together, finally reunited and at peace. May we all be blessed to be reunited with those and that which we love. Shabbat shalom!
We wish everyone a very happy Shabbat Hannukah! May your life be filled with light.
This Shabbat, we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Rosalind Jacobson, mother of founder, David. Loss and grieving is something we all experience. We thank the community for being strong and supporting us in this difficult time. Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. May we all be blessed to have those we love around us
This week, God makes himself known to Jacob and renames him to be called Israel. He is promised and blessed with the land for his generations of offspring. The name Israel is a blessing unto itself; the blessing that we as a people have the privilege to struggle with God, be in constant contact and discourse with God and have