Sutton Place Synagogue Blog

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – Feburary 16, 2018

Published on Feb 16, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read Parashat Terumah. In this Torah portion, Moses receives God’s commandments on stone tablets. God tells Moses to create a dwelling place for God, where the Israelites can bring God gifts. God details what this Mishkan (Tabernacle) will look like and how it should be made. The Tabernacle includes an ark, two Read More

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 9, 2018

Published on Feb 9, 2018

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. We are reminded of the importance of welcoming the Orphan, the Widow, and the Stranger, since we were strangers. God outlines the details of three holidays: Passover, Read More

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 2, 2018

Published on Feb 2, 2018

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

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 26, 2018

Published on Jan 26, 2018

Shabbat Shalom. I wanted to share with all of you that Lesley Goldenberg, our dedicated education director, will be moving to St. Louis this summer with her family. During her 13 years at SPS Lesley has served this congregation through her genuine love of Judaism, education and our SPS children. We will miss her tremendously Read More

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 19, 2018

Published on Jan 19, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Bo, God sends the eighth and ninth plagues, locusts and darkness, but Pharaoh still refuses to free the Israelite slaves. God tells Moses that the 10th plague will be killing all the firstborn Egyptians. God commands each Israelite home to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood on their doorposts, in Read More

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 12, 2018

Published on Jan 12, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vaera, God tells Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh to demand freedom for the Israelites. Pharaoh refuses, and God unleashes plagues on the Egyptians. Pharaoh promises to free the Israelites, but God hardens Pharaoh’s heart. The portion ends with the plague of hail stopping and Pharaoh changing his mind once Read More

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 5, 2018

Published on Jan 5, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Shmot, the new Pharaoh does not remember Joseph, and makes the Israelites his slaves. Pharaoh then demands that all Israelite baby boys be killed at birth. Moses’ mother puts her son in a basket in the river, and he is saved by Pharaoh’s daughter. As an adult, Moses kills an Egyptian Read More

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – December 15, 2017

Published on Dec 15, 2017

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 Read More

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – December 8, 2017

Published on Dec 8, 2017

A Reflection on President Trump’s Statement on Jerusalem: Over the course of 2017, we have celebrated numerous milestones in connection with Israel. In June, we celebrated 50 years since the miraculous victory of the Israeli army against its Arab neighbors during the 6-day war where Jews, for the first time, had full sovereignty over sacred Read More

img

Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – December 1, 2017

Published on Dec 1, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read Parashat Vayishlach. In this Torah portion, God tells Jacob to return home. Worried that his brother Esau will kill him, Jacob divides his clan into two camps, so at least some will survive in case of a fight. Jacob sleeps alone in the desert and is awoken by an angel who Read More