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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 24, 2017

Published on Mar 24, 2017

Shabbat shalom! This week we will read the final two parshiyot in the book of Exodus, known as Vayakhel and Pekudei. These readings reiterate the details for the tabernacle, the instructions for Shabbat, and the choice of betzalel as the chief architect of the project. In Pekudei, the final parasha in the book of Exodus, Moses Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 17, 2017

Published on Mar 17, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Ki Tissa, Moses stays with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. There, he is given the 10 Commandments on stone tablets. Fearing Moses will never return, the Israelites turn to Aaron, who demands that everyone bring him their gold, so he can make a golden calf. When Moses Read More

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Security update and Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 10, 2017

Published on Mar 10, 2017

March 10 2017 Dear Congregants: With the recent escalation of threats against Jewish institutions, we want to reassure you that the leadership and staff of the synagogue are prepared to respond to emergencies, and the safety of our members is our top priority. We want to take this opportunity to review how we receive security Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 3, 2017

Published on Mar 3, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Trumah, Moses receives God’s commandments on stone tablets. God tells Moses to create a dwelling place for God, where the Israelites can bring God gifts. God details what the Mishkan (Tabernacle) will look like and how it should be made. The Tabernacle includes an ark, two cherubs, curtains, and a Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 24, 2017

Published on Feb 27, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Mishpatim, Moses details many of God’s laws to the Israelites. These include laws about worshiping other gods, kashrut, business ethics and treatment of animals.  God outlines the details of three holidays: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. God provides an angel to protect the Israelites from their enemies, and warns the Israelites Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 17, 2017

Published on Feb 17, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Yitro, Moses tells his father-in-law, Jethro (Yitro), about the miracle of the exodus. Jethro proclaims that the Israelite God is greater than all other gods, and he makes a sacrifice. Jethro then advises Moses to delegate leadership roles in order to not tire himself out. The Israelites camp at the Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 10, 2017

Published on Feb 13, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, B’Shallach, God tells Moses to have the Israelites set up camp at the Sea of Reeds, but then Pharaoh changes his mind  about freeing the Jews and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on the Israelites’ tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Egyptians Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 3, 2017

Published on Feb 3, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Bo, God sends the eighth and ninth plagues, locusts and darkness, but Pharaoh still refuses to free the Israelite slaves. God tells Moses that the 10th plague will be killing all the firstborn Egyptians. God commands each Israelite home to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood on their Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 27, 2017

Published on Jan 27, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Vaera, we find ourselves deep in the heart of the “Passover” story.  It begins by God telling Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh to demand freedom for the Israelites. Pharaoh refuses to free the Israelite slaves, and God unleashes plagues on the Egyptians. Pharaoh promises to free the Israelites and Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 20, 2017

Published on Jan 20, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Shmot, the first parasha of the 2nd book of the Torah, the new Pharaoh does not remember Joseph. Fearing their population growth, Pharaoh makes the Israelites his slaves. Pharaoh then demands that all Israelites baby boys be killed upon birth. Moses’ mother puts her son in a basket in the Read More