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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 23, 2017

Published on Jun 23, 2017

Please fill out this brief survey about the High Holidays at SPS. Your input is valuable. We would like the surveys completed by the end of today! Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Korach and his followers accuse Moses and Aaron of taking power and prestige for themselves at the expense of the community. Moses Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 16, 2017

Published on Jun 16, 2017

Please fill out this brief survey about the High Holidays at SPS. Your input is valuable. We would like the surveys completed by Friday, June 23. Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s Torah portion, Slach Lecha, Moses sends 12 spies to explore the Land of Israel. Ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 9, 2017

Published on Jun 9, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s Torah portion, Behaalotecha, the Israelites receive instructions regarding Passover. They journey forth from Sinai and complain to God on several occasions, provoking God’s anger. Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses.   Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 2, 2017

Published on Jun 2, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Naso. In this Torah portion, a census is taken, God describes the service of the Gershon family of Levites. The laws relating to the suspected adulteress and the nazirite are given. God tells Moses and Aaron the priestly blessing. The heads of tribes bring gifts to the Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 26, 2017

Published on May 26, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the Parashat B’Midbar. In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to conduct a census of all the Israelite men over the age of 20. Moses takes up a second census to count all of the Levite men. God gives specific instructions to the Levites about their roles in Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 19, 2017

Published on May 19, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the double parashiyot of Behar and Bechukotai. In the Torah portion Behar, God describes the laws surrounding resting the land and crops every seven years, as well as the Jubilee year every 50 years. God permits the use of slaves but provides stipulations including the obligation to eventually Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 12, 2017

Published on May 12, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Emor. In this portion God describes the restrictions related to priests’ sexuality and marriage. God then describes a variety of holidays, including Passover, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. God outlines the omer period, asking the Israelites to bring food offerings to the priests for seven weeks. KabalTOT Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 5, 2017

Published on May 5, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the double portion of Acharei Mot and Kedoshim. In the Torah portion Achrei Mot, God speaks to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, who were killed for coming too close to the presence of God. God instructs Moses and Aaron on the procedures surrounding Yom Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 28, 2017

Published on Apr 28, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the double portion of Tazria and Metzora. In the Torah portion Tazria, God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth. God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy. In Metzora, God describes the purification ritual Read More

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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