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Shabbat Message for Ntizavim: Words to Strengthen and Inspire

Posted on September 3, 2021

“I am not a man of words…” “lo ish d’varim anochi…” (Exodus 4:10) That was how Moses first responded to God’s call to lead our people. Yet somehow that man who declared himself unqualified, as slow of speech and inept with words, overcame his fears, led the children of Israel to freedom, gave them the Torah, Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: We Want More!

Posted on May 28, 2021

  This week, we read Parashat Beha’alotecha from the Book of Numbers. The highlights include Aaron being commanded to raise light in the lamps of the menorah and the institution of a Second Passover in response to a group of Jews who were unable to bring an offering on time before Passover because they were Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: Jerusalem — A Place with Room for All

Posted on May 13, 2021

When children begin to study Talmud in a traditional yeshivah, it is customary for them to start with Tractate Bava Metzia, which opens with this teaching: “Two people have taken hold of a garment… this one says, ‘It is all mine,’ and this one says, ‘It is all mine.’…” The halacha (the law) is that Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: Shalom U-l’hitraot

Posted on May 7, 2021

This Shabbat TBE officially says goodbye to Hannah Lafargue, who will be leaving us to pursue her dream of attending law school. In Hebrew when we part company from a friend we say “shalom u’l’hitraot.” “Peace to you, until we meet again.” This is a way of acknowledging that significant relationships don’t end upon separating Continue Reading »

Updates on Restoration Campaign and Reopening

Posted on May 6, 2021

Shalom fellow TBE congregants, I’m pleased to share this video update of our Chazon Restoration Campaign and our progress toward reopening. If you would like to make a donation to help us finish the campaign, click here (and select Chazon Campaign from the dropdown), or contact Amy Rubin in the temple office to make a Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: Taking Hold of Torah

Posted on April 30, 2021

At Temple Beth-El, Torah is taught not just by our professionals. From Shabbat minyans to Brotherhood and Sisterhood study gatherings, from the pulpit to our classrooms (where nearly half of our faculty are graduates of our program!), words of Torah are offered regularly by our lay members. All Temple Board, Oversight, and committee meetings begin Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: One Step on the Journey to Justice

Posted on April 23, 2021

With this week’s parashah, Acharei Mot-K’doshim, we reach the pinnacle of the Torah’s vision for human life – that we should love our neighbor as ourselves; love the stranger and harbor no hatred; share our bread with the hungry; do justly, honor the elderly, and treat all people fairly – that we should be holy. Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: Why I am Proud to Be a Zionist

Posted on April 16, 2021

On Israel’s 73rd Birthday: Yesterday, Israel turned 73 years young. I say “young” because in the grand scheme of history, especially Jewish history, 73 years is a relatively short span. I also say “young” because I see in Israel a youthful spirit and dynamism that is vital and exciting. And I say “young” because Israel Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: Resistance Came in Many Forms

Posted on April 9, 2021

A Message for the Shabbat After Yom HaShoah: Yesterday at 10:00 a.m. sirens blared throughout the land of Israel and everything came to a halt. For two full minutes, cars and buses stopped on the highways so drivers and passengers could get out and stand in respectful silence. Bustling marketplaces and busy office spaces fell Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: Learning from Jewish History

Posted on April 2, 2021

Jewish Communal Response to Health Crises Across the Ages This time last year, Dr. Joseph Teplisky, an associate professor of History at Stony Brook University, wrote a piece entitled “Plague, Passover, and Perspectives on Social Distancing.” He began his article by discussing how Pope Francis altered Easter week and celebrations and the recommendations from the Continue Reading »