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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – November 17, 2017

Published on Nov 17, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s Torah portion, Toldot, Rebecca and Isaac have twins, the smooth-skinned Jacob, whom Rebecca favors, and the hairy Esau, who Isaac favors. After returning from a hunting trip, Esau asks his brother for some lentil soup, but Jacob tells him he must trade him his birthright. Years later, when Isaac is old and Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain

Published on Nov 10, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Chaye Sarah, Sarah dies at the age of 127. Abraham searches for a place to bury her and settles on Machpelah. Abraham searches for a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant meets Rebecca at a well, where she provides water Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – November 3, 2017

Published on Nov 3, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Vayera. In this Torah portion, three guests arrive at Abraham and Sarah’s tent. They inform Abraham that God will give the elderly Sarah a child. The prophesy comes true, and they name their son Isaac. God informs Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah will be destroyed, though Abraham attempts to convince Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain

Published on Oct 27, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This has been quite the week at SPS. Receiving an early morning phone call from Shari Pochapin not only woke me up literally but it woke me up metaphorically as well. It was (another) wake up call that Anti-Semitism and hate doesn’t just happen in other places, it happens here in our own Read More

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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