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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – Friday, February 15, 2019

Published on Feb 15, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Tetzaveh, God appoints Aaron and his sons as priests. God describes the priestly clothing and explains how to properly sanctify the priests. Aaron is commanded to make incense offerings to God every morning on an altar. God explains that once a year Aaron will make an offering on that altar to Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 1, 2019

Published on Feb 1, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Mishpatim, Moses details many of God’s laws to the Israelites. These include laws about worshiping other gods, kashrut, business ethics and treatment of animals. God outlines the details of three holidays: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. God provides an angel to protect the Israelites from their enemies and warns the Israelites not Read More

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Yitro 2019

Published on Jan 28, 2019

What do we take as a given in Judaism? There is one God The the Torah is the story of our people That the land and state of Israel had been in our thoughts and prayers for millenia and now that it is a state, zionism is a piece of who we are. All of Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 25, 2019

Published on Jan 25, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Yitro, Moses tells his father-in-law, Jethro, about the miracle of the exodus. Jethro proclaims that the Israelite God is greater than all other gods, and he makes a sacrifice. Jethro then advises Moses to delegate leadership roles in order not to tire himself out. The Israelites camp at the bottom of Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 18, 2019

Published on Jan 18, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, B’shallach, God tells Moses to have the Israelites set up camp at the Sea of Reeds, but then Pharaoh changes his mind about freeing the Israelites and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on the Israelites’ tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain…Greetings from Israel!

Published on Dec 21, 2018

Shabbat shalom! As you open this email, I am excited to share that I have landed in Israel and will be spending Shabbat in Tel Aviv to get ready to begin our #SPSinIsrael trip! 23 of us will journey together-spending time in Tel Aviv-learning about the founding of the State of Israel by walking “Independence Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – December 14, 2018

Published on Dec 14, 2018

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Vayigash,  Joseph’s brothers refuse to return to Canaan without Benjamin, whom Joseph has falsely accused of theft. Joseph reveals his true identity and invites his brothers to return for their father, Jacob, and bring him and their families to Egypt to live. When they return, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, and, Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – December 7, 2018

Published on Dec 7, 2018

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Miketz, Pharaoh has two troubling dreams, and at the suggestion of his baker, who remembers Joseph from prison, Pharaoh brings Joseph to interpret them. Pharaoh is so impressed by Joseph that he makes him his adviser. There is a famine, and Jacob sends his sons, minus Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. Read More

Vayeshev 2018: Another Swastika

Published on Dec 6, 2018

 Again. I can’t believe it. Another swastika. This time on the office of a Jewish professor’s office at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, in a neighborhood where i spent 9 wonderful years. A professor that teaches about the Holocaust. Again. A swastika. I had hoped that last year’s swastika on our doors here at Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – November 16, 2018

Published on Nov 16, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vayetzei, Jacob has a dream in which angels go up and down a ladder connecting earth to heaven. God appears before Jacob and renews the covenant that God had made with Abraham. Jacob sees Rachel, Laban’s daughter, tending sheep and wishes to marry her. Laban tricks Jacob into marrying his eldest Read More