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A Certain Kind of Miracle

Posted on December 3, 2021

When the children of Israel were redeemed from Egypt, the Torah describes a moment when they found themselves trapped between Pharaoh’s army, which was gaining on them from behind, and the Sea of Reeds, which was before them. Not knowing what else to do, the people cried out to God, and Moses assured them that Continue Reading »

Religious School December Newsletter

Posted on December 1, 2021

Shabbat Message: Giving Thanks for Our Bounty in the Shemitah Year

Posted on November 26, 2021

Thanksgiving is a special time of the year where families and friends of all denominations join together to celebrate all the good things bestowed upon them. Last year, things were extremely different for most of us as we gathered in much smaller groups, curtailed the majority of travel plans, and, quite honestly, took the time Continue Reading »

Green Tips, November 2021

Posted on November 23, 2021

Helping our community members to live more sustainably – for more information on our initiatives or becoming a supporter email us at GreenTeam@templebethelnj.org. Instead of using wrapping paper or gift bags, wrap holiday gifts in a reusable shopping bag as a bonus gift! Help loved ones prepare for the upcoming ban on single use plastic Continue Reading »

Vayishlach – Finding Wholeness in Our Brokenness

Posted on November 19, 2021

No one relishes their struggles. Life’s challenges are often daunting, fraught with uncertainty and fear of failure and loss. Conventional wisdom bids us to take the path of least resistance and avoid difficulty. And yet, time and again, we see that the hard times in our lives are often the ones of greatest growth, and Continue Reading »

Vayeitzei: We Must Speak the Truth

Posted on November 12, 2021

Some say it is from this week’s Torah portion that our rabbis derived the custom of wearing a kippah to cover one’s head. “And Jacob went forth from Be’ersheva…” says the opening verse of our parashah, Vayeitzei. Would our father Jacob go out without covering his head? Of course not, said our teachers. So much Continue Reading »

Toldot: Don’t Judge A Book (Or A Twin) By Its Cover

Posted on November 5, 2021

Parsha Toldot, Genesis 25:19−28:9 In this week’s Torah portion, Toldot, begins an epic  wrestling match between two very dissimilar twins, Jacob and Esau. The Torah is full of bitter sibling rivalries, for example Cain and Abel, and Joseph and his brothers. But the struggle between Jacob and Esau is different. It is so deeply rooted Continue Reading »

All We Really Need Is Love

Posted on October 29, 2021

A Message for Chayei Sarah What is the essence of the Torah? For some, like Rashi, the Torah is a book of law – the vessel through which God gave us commandments to guide our lives. He argues that the Torah should have begun with Exodus 13, where we learn the first of the 613 Continue Reading »

Religious School November Newsletter

Posted on October 29, 2021

Vayeira: God Can Wait

Posted on October 22, 2021

Religious poetry, prayer, and scripture are filled with longing to behold God’s presence. Even Moses, who heard God’s voice at the burning bush,[1] pleads in vain for a vision of God’s face. “No human can see My face…”[2] says God in response. Elijah experienced God in a whirlwind, an earthquake, and a still small voice, Continue Reading »