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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 21, 2017

Published on Apr 21, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Shmini. After the dedication of the Tabernacle and the ordination of the priests, two of Aaron’s sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moses and Aaron regarding which animals may be eaten. Thought Question: How do you make choices Read More

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Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover from Rabbi Ain – April 14, 2017

Published on Apr 14, 2017

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach! I hope that you are having a wonderful Passover so far. Tomorrow in services we will read a selection from the Torah for the intermediate Shabbat of Passover as well as a selection from Shir HaShirim, the Song of Songs. This is one of the megillot (scrolls) that are read Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 7, 2017

Published on Apr 7, 2017

Passover is coming! It is hard to believe that Passover is here. There are services, seders, and more to celebrate the quintessential Jewish holiday where we celebrate our freedom and we pledge to help all in need as we usher in Elijah, signaling the beginning of redemption. For details on Passover services, click here. Please Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 31, 2017

Published on Mar 31, 2017

Shabbat shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Vayikra, the first parasha in the book of Leviticus. In this Torah portion, God describes the laws of animal sacrifice. God explains the different sacrifices that atone for guilt or sins, and distinguishes between sins committed inadvertently and sins committed on purpose. Kabbalat Shabbat services are this Read More

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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