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Elul 5778 – Teshuvah (Repentance) – and Patience!

August 16, 2018
Mt Bierstadt

The Hebrew month of Elul started a few days ago – which means Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgement will be here in less than a month. As Rabbi Alan Lew z”l said of Rosh Hashanah, Standing in the light of God, you can see a great deal more than you ordinarily might, but...
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Rosh Hashanah 5778 Day Two: The Complexities of Israel

September 30, 2017

A few months ago I celebrated my tenth “aliyahversary,” marking ten years since the day in 2007 when I made aliyah – when I became a citizen of the state of Israel and made my home in Jerusalem. The establishment of the State of Israel, a homeland for the Jews, is, without question, the...
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Rosh Hashanah 5778 – Which Book Will You Write Yourself Into?

September 29, 2017
Rosh Hashanah

Today is the great and awesome Day of Judgment. The traditional imagery is of God on high, with three books in front Him: the Book of Life, the Book of Death, and the Book of Maybe. The Talmud tells us that people who are wholly righteous are immediately written and sealed into the Book...
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Rosh Hashanah 5777 – A Messianic Vision for Temple Beth-El

October 5, 2016
Courtroom

Picture this. You’re sitting in a courtroom. You’re charged with a variety of offenses, petty crimes mostly, but some not so petty. There is no “jury of your peers.” There’s just one judge who’s going to review the record and decide your fate. What kind of judge would you like have to looking at...
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Rosh Hashanah 5776 – Coincidence? Or not…

September 8, 2015
Nero

“Coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous.” One of the great tensions in Judaism is between our unshakeable belief in free will, and the belief in divine providence, the idea that everything that happens, happens for a reason. We are less than a week away from Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah...
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Rosh Chodesh Elul — Spiritual Accounting

August 16, 2015
Elul

Today is Rosh Chodesh Elul, the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul.  Which means Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Day of Judgment, is exactly one month away. We start blowing the shofar at morning services — our “spiritual wake-up call,” urging us to wake up, pay attention, reflect. Rabbi Alan...
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