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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – August 3, 2018

Published on Aug 3, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read Parashat Ekev. In this Torah portion, 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 Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 27, 2018

Published on Jul 27, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read Parashat VaEtchanan. In this Torah portion, 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. Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm and Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. Candle lighting is at 7:58 Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain!

Published on Jul 20, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we begin the book of Dvarim, the 5th book of the Torah. 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. Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm and Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. I look Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon July 14, 2018

Published on Jul 17, 2018



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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – Friday, July 13, 2018

Published on Jul 13, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! It is hard to believe that I am already back from Israel. It was an intense, whirlwind time, and I look forward to sharing my reflections. This week we read the Double Portion of Matot and Masei.  In the portion Matot, Moses describes the laws of oaths. The Israelites battle the Midianites. The tribes of Read More

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Shabbat Shalom (from Jerusalem) from Rabbi Ain!

Published on Jul 6, 2018

Shabbat Shalom and greetings from Jerusalem! I am here for 10 days engaging in deep learning and conversations with people of all backgrounds as I grapple with texts, new and old, and explore ideas that are relevant to our world today. During my time here I am privileged to prepare for the High Holidays which Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 29, 2018

Published on Jun 29, 2018

Shabbat Shalom!   In this Torah portion, Balak, the king of Moab, asks Balaam to curse the Israelites after he sees them defeat various nations in battle. Balaam’s donkey sees an angel of God and refuses to move any further. Balaam hits the donkey. God speaks through the mouth of the donkey to tell him not to Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 22, 2018

Published on Jun 22, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Chukkat, 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. Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm and Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon June 16, 2018

Published on Jun 18, 2018

 CNN reported late this week: “The toddler pounded her fists on the play mat, sobbing, with no parent to comfort her. Dr. Colleen Kraft watched from across the room, shaken by what she saw. “She was just inconsolable. … We all knew why she was crying,” says Kraft, president of the American Academy of Read More