Tonight, we prepare to celebrate the ultimate moment of becoming a peoplehood; the receiving of the Torah at Mt Sinai. This holiday expresses the three main components of Jewish peoplehood; Torah, our laws and rules for how to live, Hebrew language, the way we communicate and language of our Torah, and finally, our land, Israel, the final destination of a
The 4th book of the Torah, Bamidbar, which we begin reading this week, opens with a census. The entire people of Israel are accounted for and organized by tribe around the central and holy tent of meeting. May this Shabbat we, though we are distancing, recount the importance of our community and all those who are part of it. Check
Here is a little video from our very own Talia and Gabriel on their way to Israel. We wish them a Tzeitchem L’Shalom on their journey home.
This week, the Torah teaches how very important this cycle of resting on the 7th day, year and 7x7th year, the Jubilee is. Our land, our souls, those who work for us and all of creation deserves a break. We pray for everyone that this week had a shabbat of ultimate rest and that we may be able to respect
This week, we discuss the many laws of the Kohenim, the priestly class who serve in the Temple, and of sacrifices that are made there. May we appreciate those community leaders who are making tough choices this week to ensure our safety and security and offering us support at this time and all the sacrifices that each one of us
This Shabbat, we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of our founder’s bar-mitzvah. Today, David also commemorates the 19th yarzheit, or anniversary of death, of his father, Sanford H. Jacobson. We understand that the Jewish cycle of time helps us to continue to celebrate and mourn hand in hand, one feeling cannot exist without the other. We wish you all a Shabbat
Chodesh tov! May we all have a beautiful Shabbat and a joyous new month of Iyar. Wishing health and happiness to all. Shabbat Shalom.
We are reminded this week of the rules by which we eat, an aspiration to eat kindly and mindfully. May we remember the kindness and mindfulness in our consumption during this unprecedented time, and, most importantly, in how we treat others. Shabbat Shalom!
From our family to yours, a very happy and meaningful Pesach holiday! We are appreciative and grateful to be part of a tradition that turns once a year to its origin story. We unite with family (in person or Zoom) to retell the beginnings of our peoplehood. May tuning into our collective memory this year be enlightening, powerful and bonding
On this important Shabbat, Shabbat HaGadol, or the great Shabbat, we lean into the collective memory of our people headed toward redemption. Our tradition says that Shabbat is a taste of the world to come, and even more so things Shabbat as we approach our entrance to the Promised Land. Tonight, when you remember this holy moment in our history