Category: Rabbi’s Blog


Our First Paws Shabbat

We LOVE the outdoors at Temple Beth Tikvah! Friday 6/29 we celebrated Shabbat Under the Stars. Thank you Sue W. and Emily S. for overseeing this evening! And today, Saturday 7/7 we celebrated our “Furry Friends” with Paws 🐾 Shabbat….

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Families Belong Together Event: Time Change

Due to severe weather conditions tomorrow (it’s going to be above the 100’s here in NJ!), the organizers of the Families Belong Together event scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00, have rescheduled the event to 11:00 am. That means I won’t be…

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Responding to Current Events in our Borders

Our Jewish tradition calls on us to welcome the stranger…

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In Their Honor

Memorial Day may not be a Jewish holiday per se, but the concept of remembering and honoring our brave military people who risk, and sometimes give, their lives in service to the rest of us is certainly a Jewish value….

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Prayer, Music, and Kabbalah Dvar Torah, Shabbat Muzikali

My short teaching on this Shabbat is 2 fold: tonight I’ll share with you some thoughts and quotes from the world of prayer, the world of song and Jewish Mysticism. In a way, prayer is a song: it’s a song…

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Animals Teach Us the Meaning of “Oneness.”

Parshat Emor, 5/4/18 While writing this sermon, I had in mind our 4th Graders who co-lead the service with the guidance of their teachers, Ms. Beth Julie, and our educator, Ms. Marian Kleinman. They did such an amazing job: everyone’s…

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It’s All Your Fault!

Parshat Achrei Mot/Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) This past week’s short sermon catered to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who participated in leading the service (they did such a beautiful job BTW), as well as their families. It is written in…

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For Everything There is Time Under The Heavens: A Time to Speak, and a Time to Remain Silent

This week holds a very powerful place in the heart of almost every Israeli: it is the week between the Holocaust Memorial, Yom Ha’Shoa, and Yom Ha’Zikaron, Memorial Day for slain Israeli soldiers and victims of terror attacks. Both commemoration…

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Questioning the Counting of the Omer

On a Facebook Jewish Women’s clergy group the other day, someone posted the question, “Are you counting the Omer? Why/why not?” My response, “No, No. It’s an old custom/ritual that simply doesn’t speak to me…and since my congregants don’t seem…

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Chag Aviv Sa’meach!

Does Moses’ name appear in the Passover Haggadah? Are we still subject to enslavement? These questions and more in the Rabbi’s Blog will help you have a happy and thoughtful Passover.

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