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TEMPLE TALK | FEBRuARY 9

02/16/2024 10:38:22 AM

Feb16

Senior Rabbi Benjamin Sharff

In this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, we find a mishmash of mitzvot. Of the 613 mitzvot (commandments) found in the Torah, 53 of them can be found in the Torah. The laws cover a gamut of subjects from those regarding slaves to damages, loans, rumors, and the three Pilgrimage Festivals (Sukkot, Passover and Shavu’ot).

However, perhaps one of the most relevant for us today is “When individuals fight, and one of them...Read more...

TEMPLE TALK | JANUARY 19

01/25/2024 01:45:57 PM

Jan25

Senior Rabbi Benjamin Sharff

 

 

I am sure as for many of you, whenever I think of the story of the Exodus, I immediately think of Cecil B. DeMille’s 10 Commandments. As a random aside, the 1956 version with Charlton Heston was actually the second version DeMille made. His original version was a 1923 silent picture which contained both a version of the Exodus story and a modern study of two brothers' views of the 10 Commandments.

I...Read more...

TEMPLE TALK | DECEMBER 29

01/03/2024 09:29:42 AM

Jan3

Cantor Joanna Alexander

For three weeks, our Torah has focused on the family reunion of Joseph, his brothers, and then his father. The topic of T’shuvah and forgiveness have run throughout this difficult and meaningful reunion and this week's Parsha of Va-y’chi is no different. Va-y’chi also happens to coincide this year with the end of our secular year. We conclude the...Read more...

TEMPLE TALK | DECEMBER 22

01/03/2024 09:24:27 AM

Jan3

Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin

From December 22, Rabbi Berezin's sermon discusses the Torah portion, Vayigash, and the topic of teshuvah (repentance). She then goes on to discuss how this is relevant to a letter from an Israeli mother forgiving the IDF soldiers who mistakenly killed her son, a hostage, in Gaza. 

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Watch the entirety of Friday’s service here.

Temple Talk is a recap of sermons given from the Bimah...Read more...

TEMPLE TALK | DECEMBER 15

12/19/2023 02:19:55 PM

Dec19

Cantor Joanna Alexander

 

Our Torah this week takes Joseph on a journey from the depth of prison to the height of Egyptian power. After 2 years, the Pharoh’s cupbearer remembers him, and Joseph is called upon to interpret Pharoah’s dreams. Upon interpretation of 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine, he adds a suggestion of a plan, that Egypt should create storehouses to collect excess grain during these years in order to better survive...Read more...

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