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Dear Beth Tikvah Community, Judith, Elior, Na’amah and I are settling into our new home in Richmond, and are incredibly excited to begin our new adventure in Canada! This will my first official Shabbat as the new rabbi at Beth Tikvah, and I invite you to join me and my family as we pray, sing,…

Torah Portion: Shelach Lecha Book of Numbers Chaps. 13:1-15:41          Simple suggestion: Before setting out on a journey, know where you are going and why you want to be there! Easier said than done. The Lord said to Moses: Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving the Israelites (Num….

Be’ha’a lot’ha Book of Numbers Chaps. 8:1-12:16 June 9, 2017   “Let the seven lamps give light at the front of the menorah”                                                                …

Naso Book of Numbers Chaps. 4:21-7:89 June 2, 2017           The Torah contains great wisdom, guidance, and learning through human example. It also introduces some perplexing rituals, not the least of which is the nazir. The Book of Numbers teaches, “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelites and say to them: If…

Bemidbar Book of Numbers Chaps. 1:1-4:20 May 26, 2017          The English name for the 4th book of the Hebrew Bible is Numbers (the Hebrew name is Bemidbar, the first major word in the book meaning “[in the Sinai] wilderness”). The reason for the English title becomes obvious in the 2nd verse of the book:…

Emor Book of Leviticus Chaps. 21:1-24:23 May 12, 2017   This section of Torah includes a full re-cap of the holidays and set times in the Jewish year. The concluding festival is the fall celebration of Sukkot. God says to Moses, “You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in…

Israel At 69 April 28, 2017          “Name a single country in the history of the world faced with internal and external threats comparable to those faced by Israel that has ever had a better record in human rights; a better record with compliance of the rule of law; a better record…

Torah Portion: Shemini Book of Leviticus Chaps. 9:1-11:47 April 21, 2017          While not surprised at how little non-Jews know about Judaism, I am constantly amazed at what they do know about us! Among the most universally recognized features of Judaism is Kashrut: Jewish Dietary laws. I am reminded of the billboard that once graced…

Passover 5777 April 7, 2017          Central to the annual celebration of Passover is the Seder (Passover feast). This is not just another family “sit down” meal or “get-together”. In fact, the meal takes a back seat to the real purpose of the event: To re-tell, re-listen, and re-commit to the ethereal notion of freedom….

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