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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

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Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday) from Rabbi Ain

Published on Oct 4, 2017

Chag Sameach! I loved seeing so many of you this past weekend as we came together for Yom Kippur. It was extraordinarily powerful for me to watch as people came up to the ark during Neilah. If you are interested in reading or listening to the sermons that I delivered on Kol Nidre evening and Read More

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Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova from Rabbi Ain

Published on Sep 29, 2017

Shana Tova! It was so wonderful seeing so many of you last week for Rosh Hashanah and I am looking forward to seeing you again this evening and throughout the day tomorrow as our community comes together to observe Yom Kippur. If you are interested, CLICK HERE for the video and text of the three sermons that I delivered Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – September 15, 2017

Published on Sep 15, 2017

Shabbat shalom! This week we read the double portion of Nitzavim and Vayelech. In the Torah portion Nitzavim, Moses describes the Covenant between God and the Israelites, urging the Israelites to uphold the Covenant and honor the Torah so that they may be rewarded with life in the Land of Israel. In Vayeilech, Moses concludes his speech Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – September 8, 2017

Published on Sep 8, 2017

It is hard to believe but another MAJOR Hurricane is going to make landfall this weekend. Preparations have been made, evacuations have been ordered, and people are making choices about where to be. Jewish communities in the south such as Atlanta are taking in making Florida residents as they evacuate this weekend. We keep our Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – September 1, 2017

Published on Sep 5, 2017

Shabbat Shalom. In life, there are so many things in our lives that have multiple powers. Power for healing and power for destruction. We know that fire can warm, heat, and allow us to cook, but fire can destroy. We know that water is the source of life, and yet, this week, we saw how Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 25, 2017

Published on Aug 25, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Shoftim, Moses reviews the justice system for the Israelites. Moses talks about the limits future kings should have on their possessions. Moses explains that the priests and Levites should not be paid and should survive on donations from the people. Finally, Moses explains the laws of warfare.   Friday night services are Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 18, 2017

Published on Aug 18, 2017

Reflections on Events from this past week:   In 1893 a fiction writer and satirist was reflecting on the role of journalists and newspapers and shared the following “The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” I think the same could go for a rabbi today. To be a rabbi Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 11, 2017

Published on Aug 11, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Ekev, Moses continues his speech to the Israelites. He tells them they will have to annihilate people who are not believers in God. Moses reminds them not to forget God’s commandments even after they enter the land of Israel, and that they must continue to fear God. Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 4, 2017

Published on Aug 4, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vaetchanan, Moses stresses to the Israelites the importance of keeping God’s commandments when they enter the Land of Israel. Moses repeats the Ten Commandments and utters the Shema and Ve’ahavta prayers. Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle Read More