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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 19, 2017

Published on May 19, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the double parashiyot of Behar and Bechukotai. In the Torah portion Behar, God describes the laws surrounding resting the land and crops every seven years, as well as the Jubilee year every 50 years. God permits the use of slaves but provides stipulations including the obligation to eventually Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 12, 2017

Published on May 12, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Emor. In this portion 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. KabalTOT Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 5, 2017

Published on May 5, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the double portion of Acharei Mot and Kedoshim. In the Torah portion Achrei Mot, God speaks to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, who were killed for coming too close to the presence of God. God instructs Moses and Aaron on the procedures surrounding Yom Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 28, 2017

Published on Apr 28, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the double portion of Tazria and Metzora. In the Torah portion Tazria, God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth. God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy. In Metzora, God describes the purification ritual Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 21, 2017

Published on Apr 21, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Shmini. After the dedication of the Tabernacle and the ordination of the priests, two of Aaron’s sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moses and Aaron regarding which animals may be eaten. Thought Question: How do you make choices Read More

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Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover from Rabbi Ain – April 14, 2017

Published on Apr 14, 2017

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach! I hope that you are having a wonderful Passover so far. Tomorrow in services we will read a selection from the Torah for the intermediate Shabbat of Passover as well as a selection from Shir HaShirim, the Song of Songs. This is one of the megillot (scrolls) that are read Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 7, 2017

Published on Apr 7, 2017

Passover is coming! It is hard to believe that Passover is here. There are services, seders, and more to celebrate the quintessential Jewish holiday where we celebrate our freedom and we pledge to help all in need as we usher in Elijah, signaling the beginning of redemption. For details on Passover services, click here. Please Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 31, 2017

Published on Mar 31, 2017

Shabbat shalom! This week we will read from Parashat Vayikra, the first parasha in the book of Leviticus. In this Torah portion, God describes the laws of animal sacrifice. God explains the different sacrifices that atone for guilt or sins, and distinguishes between sins committed inadvertently and sins committed on purpose. Kabbalat Shabbat services are this Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 24, 2017

Published on Mar 24, 2017

Shabbat shalom! This week we will read the final two parshiyot in the book of Exodus, known as Vayakhel and Pekudei. These readings reiterate the details for the tabernacle, the instructions for Shabbat, and the choice of betzalel as the chief architect of the project. In Pekudei, the final parasha in the book of Exodus, Moses Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 17, 2017

Published on Mar 17, 2017

Shabbat shalom! In this Torah portion, Ki Tissa, Moses stays with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. There, he is given the 10 Commandments on stone tablets. Fearing Moses will never return, the Israelites turn to Aaron, who demands that everyone bring him their gold, so he can make a golden calf. When Moses Read More