September 2016

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 2:33pm -- Rabbi Mina
Ki Tetzei, Anti-Semitism on Campus, Amalek, and Our Obligations: This past Sunday I met for the first time with the confirmation class of 2017. As most teachers do on the first day, I tried to get to know my students a little. I asked them their names, where they go to high school, and then asked them to share what the most difficult thing they’ve ever experienced because they are Jews. The responses were not what I expected....
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Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:36pm -- Rabbi Mina

Currently on the radio I have been hearing a song entitled Let It Go by James Bay. It's not the Let it Go from Frozen, no, this song is a little sad as it is definitely a break-up song. However, the refrain is quite catchy and in the second half of the song there is a stanza that I believe is quite powerful. The words are: “I used to recognize myself....

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Thu, 09/01/2016 - 11:51am -- Rabbi Mina
Ekev, the Second Paragraph of the Shema, & Middle Child Syndrome - Last Shabbat those of us who were present were treated to a very interesting and thought provoking look at the first paragraph of the Shema as explained by our congregant Ken Cliffer. Since we are experts now on the first paragraph, it seems fitting that just a short while ago during this morning’s Torah reading we chanted the second paragraph of the Shema. Now let’s be honest......
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