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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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READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Published on Jun 29, 2017

The 4th Annual SPS Fantasy Football league is now open for sign up.  The draft will be held at the synagogue on Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30 pm.  Every member is welcome to participate, but you must sign up BEFORE the draft.  Please contact Commissioner David Pochapin at dmp219@lehigh.edu or Shari Pochapin spochapin@spsnyc.org if you 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

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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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Naso 2017-Stepping Forward into Leadership

Published on Jun 5, 2017

It always amazes me who, amongst a group of leaders, are able, and more important, willing, to take a first step without truly knowing what the outcome will be. Over the past week at SPS we have been thinking about leadership, both the positive and the negatives, as we looked at the role of protest Read More

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When Memorial Day and Shavuot Coincide: The Importance of Remembering the Outsider

Published on Jun 2, 2017

Shavuot and Memorial day don’t often, but certainly occasionally, fall very close to one another. At first blush you wouldn’t think that there is much relationship between the two holidays, but this morning, as we prepare for Yizkor, our memorial service, I would like to examine the powerful connection of the past several days. First, Read More