This week's services:     Friday evening @ 6:30PM  -  Saturday morning @ 9:30AM
Purim:  Wednesday
evening @ 8:00PM (at chapel)  -  Thursday morning @ 7:15AM (at Peretz House)

Friday night services will be held at the home of the Rabbi.  The address is 1506 Victoria Avenue.  Enter via the door nearest the driveway.

This week's parsha

Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the website.  We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given.  For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website.  If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the website.

Surviving Daily Life

One of the interpretations of the Flood is that it represents the difficulties of life.  We are swept by the swirling waters of anxiety, of the rat race, of the daily struggle.  How can we prevent our sensitivity and humanity from being swept away?

Another variety of these swirling waters are the cultural currents of the modern world which seek to sweep away our Jewish dimension.  "Why be different?" they murmur.  "Just do the same as everyone else..."  Once again, what power do we have to resist these forces?

Read more: Surviving Daily Life

Starting Over

"And there was no other prophet who arose in Israel like Moses, whom the L-rd knew face to face, as manifested by all the signs and wonders, which the L-rd had sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and all his servants, and to all his land, and all the strong hand, and all the great awe, which Moses performed before the eyes of all Israel"—Deuteronomy 34:10-12.

The final verse of the final portion of the Torah refers to "the strong hand and all the great awe, which Moses performed before the eyes of all Israel."  According to the Talmud, the phrase "before the eyes of all Israel" alludes to the incident when Moses smashed the Tablets of the Covenant when he found the Jewish people worshiping the Golden Calf.

An odd conclusion for the Five Books of Moses!  The whole Torah ends by recalling the destruction of the Ten Commandments by Moses!  Another interesting point to consider is that after completing the reading of this portion in the Synagogue, we immediately begin reading from the first portion of the Torah (Gen. 1:1):  "In the beginning, G-d created..."

Read more: Starting Over

I'm a Jew and I'm Proud

The cycle has come to an end.  In the past year, as every year, we read and were inspired by the Torah — the story of our nation.

We were awed by Adam (how awesome to be created by G‑d and have the world for yourself), sympathized with Noah (poor guy, saw the whole world go down), were impressed with Abraham (first thrown into the furnace, then almost sacrificed his son), were caught up in the sibling rivalry between Joseph and his brothers, and held our breaths at the breathtaking saga of the Exodus.

Read more: I'm a Jew and I'm Proud

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