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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

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 28, 2017

Published on Jul 28, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Dvarim. In this Torah portion, Moses recounts the Israelites’ episodes from their 40 years in the wilderness. Moses encourages the Israelites in their upcoming conquest of the land of Canaan. 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 – July 21, 2017

Published on Jul 21, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from the double parashiyot of Matot and Maasei, the final parashiyot in the book of Numbers. In the portion Matot, Moses describes the laws of oaths. The Israelites battle the Midianites. The tribes of Reuven and Gad request to dwell outside of the Land of Israel. In Masei, the Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 14, 2017

Published on Jul 14, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Pinchas. In this week’s Torah portion, God gives Pinchas a covenant of peace. God explains the apportionment of the Land of Israel. The daughters of Zelophehad petition to inherit their father’s portion. Moses appoints Joshua as his successor. Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 7, 2017

Published on Jul 7, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Balak. The story is really about Bilaam, a prophet who is hired to curse the Israelites by Balak, the Moabite king. Bilaam reaches his destination and opens his mouth to curse Israel. But instead of curses, words of blessing are spoken. This blessing (Ma Tovu) is now Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 30, 2017

Published on Jun 30, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Chukat, God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the red heifer. Miriam, who is the sister of Moses and Aaron, dies. Moses hits a rock to bring forth water rather than speaking to it. At the end of the portion, Aaron dies.   Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is Read More

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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