“Memorial Day” – Weekly Newsletter – 5/31/18

On Memorial Day, my family and I joined members of our Temple community at our historic cemetery, to listen to the shots by the honor guard and the sound of “Taps.”  My son, waving an American flag and running around giving high-fives and fist-bumps to the members of the American Legion, later asked if he…

“The Threefold Benediction”

Towards the latter half of our parsha this week, Naso, after a full discussion of the responsibilities of an Israelite who becomes a Nazarite (one who refrains from alcohol, haircuts, and being near death, and verbally vows to become consecrated to God), there is something rather familiar. God speaks to Moses, telling Moses to speak…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 5/24/18

This past Monday, my wife and I sat in our beautifully decorated social hall and were delightfully overwhelmed by the smiles and chatter of Temple Israel’s most dedicated women during the annual Sisterhood Closing Dinner.  The Temple Israel Sisterhood dates to 1906, then called then the Ladies Aid Society, but the strength and contributions of…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 5/17/18

Like you, I could not help but be affected by the news this past Monday that a U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem, officially declaring Jerusalem, according to the United States, the capital of the State of Israel.  I imagine many of us will be approached by our friends, Jew and non-Jew alike, and asked how…

“The Ger Tzedek”

In our parsha this morning, from Behar-Bechukotai, we heard from the Torah the words “If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments, I will grant you rains in their season, so that the earth shall yield its produce and the trees of the field their fruit.” Now, we have long done away with…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 5/10/18

Dear friends, I write to you this week as we approach the end of a very busy few months.  Very soon we will all celebrate Shavuot, marking the official end of our education sessions at Temple Israel until the Fall, and we will begin our quiet summer, wherein we rest, take a break from the…

Temple Israel – Weekly Newsletter – 5/3/18

Dear friends, I cannot begin this note without first expressing my profound gratitude for this past weekend’s events.  I appreciate so much those who spoke so beautifully on Friday evening, those who were involved in the oneg that evening, and of those who put together such a wonderful gala!  On Friday, the sacredness this place…