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Now What - Rabbi Barry Gelman

By Rabbi Barry Gelman

October 13, 2009 | 11:18 am

Now What….?

Now that all the “bells and whistles” of the high Holidays and Sukkot are gone, what will be of our spiritual journey? There is a lot that attracts us to synagogue during... read on

  • A great answer to a famous Sukkot question

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 8, 2009 | 9:59 pm

    Every child learns the question in Jewish day school.  If the sukkah reminds us of God’s protection of the Jewish people in the desert why don’t we build it in the month of Nisan when the Jewish people left Egypt.  There are many answers but one that Rav Yitzchok Hutner gives in... read on

  • Spending Money on Lulavim and Etrogim

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 8, 2009 | 10:33 am

    I learned an important lesson from a member of our community this past Sukkot.  Dr. Levy (pseudonym) who is blind, came to the lobby of our shul to buy a lulav and etrog.  There he was picking out his set, with a bunch of frightened Bnei Akiva teens trying to figure out how to help... read on

  • This week Hallel….next week it is up to us. - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 6, 2009 | 12:28 pm

    Yesterday was the Ushpizin of Yitzchak….so let’s talk about Yitzchak.
    I just finished reading a disturbing article by an Israeli Rabbinic Scholar that suggesting that the main charter trait of Yitzchak was passivity animated by complete faith in God. After all, when Avimelech... read on

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  • Yalta: Encountering Rabbinic Authority

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 1, 2009 | 10:56 am

    There are few named women in the Talmud. One of the few is Yalta, the wife of Rav Nachman, a third generation Babylonian Amora, and the daughter of the Reish Galuta, a wealthy and well-respected figure. When I first learned about Yalta, it was like discovering a timeless friend—a... read on

  • Staying in Shul for Yizkor

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 30, 2009 | 2:44 am

    Over the last couple of years, I have been urging everyone in shul to remain inside the sanctuary for Yizkor – even those who, thank God, have both parents alive. I have made this request in the name of simple courtesy and love toward those who are reciting Yizkor, and whose... read on

  • Oheiv Yisrael…and then some - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 29, 2009 | 12:11 pm

    Recently I have been studying the works of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s forbearers. His namesake, Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, the Apter Rebbe, was known as the Oheiv Yisrael – The Lover of Israel. He was one of the main spokesman for Chassidut after the death of the Baal Shem Tov.

    ... read on

  • Why are we so childish when it comes to Yom Kippur?

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    September 24, 2009 | 11:03 pm

    Yom Kippur will arrive this week and thousands of Jews will attend synagogues.  Why is it that so many attend synagogue on Yom Kippur, but not the rest of the year?  What is it about Yom Kippur that draws us?  No doubt because it is a holy day, we want to be present.  But many of us... read on

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