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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...

TEMPLE TALK | DECEMBER 1

12/08/2023 09:49:17 AM

Dec8

Senior Rabbi Benjamin Sharff

 

Tonight, we are going to take a break from talking about the complexities of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. Much has transpired including the release of more hostages by Hamas and the release of Palestinian prisoners by Israel. Conveys of food and supplies have been allowed in, and there was a brief ceasefire, which sadly came to an end very recently.

But tonight, I wanted to take a little time to talk about...Read more...

TEMPLE TALK | NOVEMBER 17 

11/22/2023 09:32:29 AM

Nov22

Senior Rabbi Benjamin Sharff

 

Shabbat Shalom. We are about to celebrate one of my favorite Jewish holidays of all time: Thanksgiving. Now hear me out. The original pilgrims knew their Bible and after a really tough year, they wanted to celebrate their survival with the fall festival of thanksgiving, namely Sukkot. So really, Thanksgiving has its origins in the Hebrew Bible. But if you don’t believe me, there is another way I can prove it is inherently...Read more...

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