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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – September 15, 2017

Published on Sep 15, 2017

Shabbat shalom! This week we read the double portion of Nitzavim and Vayelech. In the Torah portion Nitzavim, Moses describes the Covenant between God and the Israelites, urging the Israelites to uphold the Covenant and honor the Torah so that they may be rewarded with life in the Land of Israel. In Vayeilech, Moses concludes his speech Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – September 8, 2017

Published on Sep 8, 2017

It is hard to believe but another MAJOR Hurricane is going to make landfall this weekend. Preparations have been made, evacuations have been ordered, and people are making choices about where to be. Jewish communities in the south such as Atlanta are taking in making Florida residents as they evacuate this weekend. We keep our Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – September 1, 2017

Published on Sep 5, 2017

Shabbat Shalom. In life, there are so many things in our lives that have multiple powers. Power for healing and power for destruction. We know that fire can warm, heat, and allow us to cook, but fire can destroy. We know that water is the source of life, and yet, this week, we saw how Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 25, 2017

Published on Aug 25, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Shoftim, Moses reviews the justice system for the Israelites. Moses talks about the limits future kings should have on their possessions. Moses explains that the priests and Levites should not be paid and should survive on donations from the people. Finally, Moses explains the laws of warfare.   Friday night services are Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 18, 2017

Published on Aug 18, 2017

Reflections on Events from this past week:   In 1893 a fiction writer and satirist was reflecting on the role of journalists and newspapers and shared the following “The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” I think the same could go for a rabbi today. To be a rabbi Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 11, 2017

Published on Aug 11, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Ekev, 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 God. Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – August 4, 2017

Published on Aug 4, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Vaetchanan, 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. Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 28, 2017

Published on Jul 28, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Dvarim. 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. Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 21, 2017

Published on Jul 21, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from the double parashiyot of Matot and Maasei, the final parashiyot in the book of Numbers. In the portion Matot, Moses describes the laws of oaths. The Israelites battle the Midianites. The tribes of Reuven and Gad request to dwell outside of the Land of Israel. In Masei, the Read More

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 14, 2017

Published on Jul 14, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from Parashat Pinchas. In this week’s Torah portion, God gives Pinchas a covenant of peace. God explains the apportionment of the Land of Israel. The daughters of Zelophehad petition to inherit their father’s portion. Moses appoints Joshua as his successor. Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat Read More