Rabbi’s Corner


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 18, 2019

Published on Jan 18, 2019

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 Israelites 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 Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain…Greetings from Israel!

Published on Dec 21, 2018

Shabbat shalom! As you open this email, I am excited to share that I have landed in Israel and will be spending Shabbat in Tel Aviv to get ready to begin our #SPSinIsrael trip! 23 of us will journey together-spending time in Tel Aviv-learning about the founding of the State of Israel by walking “Independence Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – December 14, 2018

Published on Dec 14, 2018

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Vayigash,  Joseph’s brothers refuse to return to Canaan without Benjamin, whom Joseph has falsely accused of theft. Joseph reveals his true identity and invites his brothers to return for their father, Jacob, and bring him and their families to Egypt to live. When they return, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, and, Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – December 7, 2018

Published on Dec 7, 2018

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Miketz, Pharaoh has two troubling dreams, and at the suggestion of his baker, who remembers Joseph from prison, Pharaoh brings Joseph to interpret them. Pharaoh is so impressed by Joseph that he makes him his adviser. There is a famine, and Jacob sends his sons, minus Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. Read More

Vayeshev 2018: Another Swastika

Published on Dec 6, 2018

 Again. I can’t believe it. Another swastika. This time on the office of a Jewish professor’s office at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, in a neighborhood where i spent 9 wonderful years. A professor that teaches about the Holocaust. Again. A swastika. I had hoped that last year’s swastika on our doors here at Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – November 16, 2018

Published on Nov 16, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vayetzei, Jacob has a dream in which angels go up and down a ladder connecting earth to heaven. God appears before Jacob and renews the covenant that God had made with Abraham. Jacob sees Rachel, Laban’s daughter, tending sheep and wishes to marry her. Laban tricks Jacob into marrying his eldest Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – November 9, 2018

Published on Nov 9, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to Sutton Place Synagogue last Shabbat. We were one of 60 synagogues in NYC alone that participated in #ShowUpForShabbat and there were over 75 COUNTRIES that participated. Here are my remarks from Saturday morning. Shabbat Shalom! During this week’s parasha, Toldot, Rebecca and Isaac have twins, the smooth-skinned Jacob, whom Rebecca favors, and the Read More


Chayeh Sarah 2018 – Reflecting on Pittsburgh

Published on Nov 5, 2018

 A week ago today, we gathered in synagogue, and we read in our sacred torah, the birth and bris of on of our patriarchs, Isaac. We recalled an ancient tradition that evokes power and faith in the most meaningful of ways. Hundreds of miles away, without us knowing it, a bris, on the 8th Read More

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – November 2, 2018

Published on Nov 2, 2018

This has been a trying week for our American Jewish Community. We encountered the largest Anti-Semitic attack on US soil ever and yet, our Jewish community around the world, bolstered by the love and support of our Non Jewish friends and Neighbors, came together to pay tribute to the lives of the 11 people murdered at the Tree Read More


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – October 26, 2018

Published on Oct 26, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vayera, three guests arrive at Abraham and Sarah’s tent. They inform Abraham that God will give the elderly Sarah a child. The prophesy comes true, and they name their son Isaac. God informs Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah will be destroyed, though Abraham attempts to convince God otherwise. God tells Abraham Read More