Archive for January, 2007

Bo 5767 — Due Process

January 30, 2007
Bo 5767 — Due Process

You don’t want to get on God’s bad side. When God chooses to take action, God acts as jury, judge, and executioner.  Even though the Midrash tells us that when we pass away, the sins that you’ve committed act as your prosecutor, and the mitzvot that you did create angels that come to your...
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What a Weekend!

January 27, 2007
What a Weekend!

Last weekend (January 19-21) was an amazing weekend for us.  We started with having Neshama Carlebach as our "Scholar-in-Residence" for our last weekend in Congregation B’nai Israel’s building on Kenwood Boulevard.  Neshama did a beautiful job of leading the Kabbalat Shabbat service (our Hazzan, Jamie Gloth, led Ma’ariv).  We had an excellent dinner with...
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Vaera 5767 — The Theology of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

January 22, 2007
Vaera 5767 — The Theology of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

Do you believe in miracles? If you saw a mamash miracle, would it firm up your faith in God? This week’s Torah reading, Va’era, is all about miracles.  The poor abused Hebrew people – our spiritual and physical ancestors – were languishing in slavery in Mitzrayim, Egypt, the “straits” or a constrained place.  A...
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Shemot 5767 — Anti-Semitism

January 15, 2007
Shemot 5767 — Anti-Semitism

Pharaoh was the world’s first anti-Semite.  The Egyptians were the first people to persecute the Jews as a people.  This week’s Torah reading, Shemot, the opening of the book of Exodus, tells us “And they made their lives bitter with hard slavery, in mortar, and in brick, and in all kinds of service in...
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Vayechi 5767

January 7, 2007
Vayechi 5767

Vayechi.  The name of this week’s parsha means “And he lived.”  This week’s parsha begins by telling us that Jacob lived in Egypt 17 years, and he lived a total of 147 years. In an echo of parshat Chayye Sarah, which means “the life of Sarah” and is about her death, this week’s Torah...
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Anti-Semitism in America?

January 1, 2007

The News Blog suggests that Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rant is one of the top ten stories of 2006: "Americans like to pretend that racism, and anti-semitism is part of the past. Mel Gibson, despite being the son of one of America’s most prominent Holocaust deniers, hid it well over the years. Then he slipped...
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