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Rabbi Ain Sermon – Parashat Ki Tavo 2019

Published on Oct 3, 2019

Are the Jews a chosen people? This is one of the most difficult questions contained within our torah and our liturgy but it is not something that we should shy away from discussing. Not at all.  But not because we are so great, actually, because a conversation about chosenness forces us to look deeply at Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon – Parashat Ki Tetze 2019

Published on Oct 3, 2019

Caring for our Bodies I was driving home this past Sunday from officiating at the unveiling of our beloved past president, mark weiner, when I heard on the radio, that the remains of a soldier killed in pearl harbor, had been identified. Family members say they expect 1,000 people or more to attend today’s funeral Read More

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Shlach Lecha 2019: When fear gets in our way

Published on Jul 1, 2019

Fear. I have a feeling, that, in this room, we are all afraid of something. Fearful of bad health. Fearful of violence. Fearful of loss. Fearful of ourselves own failure-imposter syndrome-often, we don’t look at the facts of our success, we focus on the potential of failure… In this week’s parasha, Shlach Lecha, there is Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 17, 2019

Published on May 17, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s Torah portion, Emor, God describes the restrictions related to priests’ sexuality and marriage. God then describes a variety of holidays, including Passover, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. God outlines the omer period, asking the Israelites to bring food offerings to the priests for seven weeks.

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Rabbi Ain Sermon – Kedoshim 2019

Published on May 16, 2019

Each year, as I begin my studies with the bnai mitzvah families, we study the origin of Judaism and we look Abraham. We wonder-why him? When then? And what we can we learn. We review how Abraham was the original monotheist, and how, according the midrashim, rabbinic legend, it was Abraham that broke the idols Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 10, 2019

Published on May 10, 2019

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Kedoshim, God describes to Moses many ethical and ritual laws aimed at helping people live lives of holiness. The laws described include some of those recorded in the Ten Commandments, such as respecting one’s parents, keeping the Sabbath and not stealing. God also introduces laws about farming and about Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon – Aharei Mot 2019

Published on May 6, 2019

If you were at the same Mets game that I was at, with my family, during Passover, you would think the entire stadium was Jewish. You wouldn’t imagine that we are only 2% of the world’s population, and given the ability to have kosher food, including a k for P bun, you certainly wouldn’t think Read More

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Pekudei 2019-What makes the Israelite community strong?

Published on Mar 11, 2019

Boy this year is flying by-i can’t believe it is march! But more than that, I can’t believe we have already completed two books of our Torah-it feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating Simchat Torah-the moment where we finished the torah reading cycle, and then immediately commenced the reading again. I am sure Read More

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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