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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – December 8, 2017

Published on Dec 8, 2017

A Reflection on President Trump’s Statement on Jerusalem: Over the course of 2017, we have celebrated numerous milestones in connection with Israel. In June, we celebrated 50 years since the miraculous victory of the Israeli army against its Arab neighbors during the 6-day war where Jews, for the first time, had full sovereignty over sacred Read More

Rabbi Ain Sermon November 28, 2017

Published on Dec 7, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – December 1, 2017

Published on Dec 1, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read Parashat Vayishlach. In this Torah portion, God tells Jacob to return home. Worried that his brother Esau will kill him, Jacob divides his clan into two camps, so at least some will survive in case of a fight. Jacob sleeps alone in the desert and is awoken by an angel who Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – November 24, 2017

Published on Nov 27, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s Torah portion, Vayetze, 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 Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – November 17, 2017

Published on Nov 17, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s Torah portion, Toldot, Rebecca and Isaac have twins, the smooth-skinned Jacob, whom Rebecca favors, and the hairy Esau, who Isaac favors. After returning from a hunting trip, Esau asks his brother for some lentil soup, but Jacob tells him he must trade him his birthright. Years later, when Isaac is old and Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain

Published on Nov 10, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Chaye Sarah, Sarah dies at the age of 127. Abraham searches for a place to bury her and settles on Machpelah. Abraham searches for a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant meets Rebecca at a well, where she provides water Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – November 3, 2017

Published on Nov 3, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Vayera. In this Torah portion, 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 Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain

Published on Oct 27, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This has been quite the week at SPS. Receiving an early morning phone call from Shari Pochapin not only woke me up literally but it woke me up metaphorically as well. It was (another) wake up call that Anti-Semitism and hate doesn’t just happen in other places, it happens here in our own Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain

Published on Oct 20, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Noah. In this Torah portion, God punishes the wicked in the world by causing a giant flood. God saves Noah and his family, who will repopulate the world. We are also introduced to Abram and his wife, Sarai. Friday night services are at 6:15 pm and Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am.  Candle Lighting Read More

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Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday) from Rabbi Ain

Published on Oct 11, 2017

Chag Sameach! Tonight we begin the final of the major Fall Jewish holidays as we usher in Shmini Atzeret and then Simchat Torah, immediately followed by Shabbat. During these days we will recite Yizkor, finish the cycle of the Torah reading, and usher in the new year. SPS has a meaningful tradition of engaging all the generations Read More