In the beginning of Hayei Sarah, we are told that Sarah dies and is buried. Later, Abraham sends his servant, Eliezer, to find a wife for Isaac. When Isaac and Rebecca meet, they fall in love, and we are told that Isaac is consoled; that is, he starts to feel better even though his...
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October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
So, what do math and Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, have in common. On this day, Jews are supposed to do a cheshbon hanefesh. This literally means "accounting of the soul." We count up and categorize all the actions we've taken, and all the thoughts we've had during the year: How...
August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm
In these parshot, Moses wraps up all he has to say to the Israelites. When he is done speaking, he will take leave of them and die. He says: "Please remember all I have instructed you to do, so that you will lead happy and fulfilled lives."
As Labor Day approaches (Sept. 2), we think...
August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm
August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Last week we talked about ways you can help out people who might need your help this summer. In this week's portion, we are again told not to forget the needy. This time the Torah uses the words "do not harden your heart." Who else hardens their heart in the Torah? Pharaoh, of...
June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Yes, I know that this week is Pinchas, but I must return to the second of last week's two portions, Balak, for what happens there is too relevant to pass by unmentioned. In this famous portion, King
Balak sends the prophet-magician Balaam to curse Israel, because
he is scared of...
June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Moses sends out 12 spies to check out the Land of Israel. When they come back, two of them say: "It'll be a challenge to conquer, but it's real beautiful there, and worth it!" The other 10 say: "Uh uh, no way. The people who live there are giants. We might as well go back to Egypt,...
April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm
OK. Now what's an omer?
It is a unit of measure -- like a pound or a kilo. That is how sheaves of barley were measured. The Israelites were commanded to bring an omer of barley to the Temple on the second day of Passover. If you don't believe me, read this week's Torah portion, Emor. It says it right there. Then they were supposed to count 49 days from that day, until Shavuot. Lag B'Omer falls on the 33rd day of the counting of the omer. Get it?
April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Two parshot are read on this Shabbat: Achrei Mot and Kedoshim. The second portion begins with God telling the Israelites: Kedoshim -- You shall be holy, for I am holy. What does this mean? It means acting with love and respect to ourselves, to other people and to the world. This week, we remember the Earth when we celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Go to Balboa Park on April 21 for the Whole Earth Fest (after you've visited the Israeli Independence Day Festival) and check out all the booths, crafts and activities.
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November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm
Jacob sends his family over the Yabbok river to meet up with his brother Esau. He remains alone for the night, and is confronted by an angel. He wrestles with the angel all night long. At dawn, the angel congratulates Jacob for his strength and persistence, and changes Jacob's name...
November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm
November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm
Here is another action-packed parsha: First, Abraham takes in three angels, who tell him he will have a son. Then, God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah because its people were very wicked. Then, Sarah throws Hagar and Hagar's son Ishmael out of her house, but God saves them from thirst by...
October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm
October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm
The eighth day of the holiday of Sukkot is actually a separate holiday called Shemini Atzeret. It means "the eighth day of the assembly."
The Israelites gather for seven days around the Temple in Jerusalem, and they are just not ready to go home yet, because they are having so much...
September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Remember when you did that terrible thing and you didn't want to tell your parents? You're the one who dropped the video camera and broke it, but you couldn't tell them. Or, you haven't turned your homework in for a week, and you can't tell them. The secret weighs on you. It makes...
August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm
August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm
On July 22, a number of progressive Jewish organizations stood together at a rally that was billed as an expression of "solidarity with the people of Israel." We came because we believe that love and support transcends ideology.
To be sure, we were concerned that...
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