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Remembering 9/11

Remembering those we lost

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Before Shabbat, Reflections on Our Holocaust Remembrance Service

This past Tuesday our Temple Beth Tikvah community came together to commemorate Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was the first time since my arrival at TBT, that all three congregations (Shomrei Torah, Chabad, and Temple Beth Tikvah), along with…

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We Stand With You

To our Muslim friends of the Peace Island Institute and DoNotHate Foundation: my heart goes out to you, and we, your Jewish brothers and sisters are standing with you in support. We will not let this cowardice and despicable act…

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Regarding Today’s Shooting Tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We are saddened and horrified by the hate crime and act of terrorism that happened this Shabbat Morning at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims, the staff and members of…

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Yom Kippur: Ultimate Forgiveness

“What would you do if you woke up one morning, to find a huge swastika spray-painted on your garage or front door? How would you react?” That was a question posted in one of the rabbinic list-serve discussion boards to…

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Erev Yom Kippur: #MeToo

In the more traditional and Orthodox prayer books, there is a paragraph that Jewish men are supposed to recite every morning. It declares the following:  “Baruch atah Adonai E.M.Ha.O she’lo asani eesha,” “Blessed are you, Adonai our God, King of…

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Rosh Ha’shana, Day 2 Sermon: 9/11

I was just sitting down to drink my morning coffee back in California, trying to wake up at 6:00 am, when my sister called me from Israel—unusually early. “I wonder if she got the time difference wrong again?” I thought…

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Rosh Ha’shana, Day 1 Sermon: Shul

I’d like to wake you all up this morning with a funny short story I’ve recently read on Facebook: “A man decides to stop using social media. Instead he’s determined to make friends without the benefit of Facebook, but still…

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Erev Rosh Ha’shana Sermon: God

“Much have I learned from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but most from my students,” says the Talmud. As a rabbi and teacher, my students often ask questions that stump me. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE it! Being…

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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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