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Welcome to Family Corner

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Posted by: Family Corner
Dear Friends, Welcome to the very first edition of the J's Family Corner! We will use this space to offer interactive and thoughtful ideas for family engagement with the Parshat Hashavua (weekly Torah reading). Each week we will offer a summary of the weekly portion as well as videos, crafts, a brief thought, a book recommendation from PJ Library and more. We hope you enjoy! Parsha Summary – Parshat Chayei Sara Abraham purchases the ...
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Shabbat Message: Guests, Immigrants and How To See

Friday, October 22, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
Abraham is depicted as a person committed to kindness, specifically welcoming in guests. A closer look at Abraham's actions sheds light just how far reaching this Mitzvah is. There are also profound lessons here in the realm of social justice. This week’s Torah portion begins with the story of God visiting Abraham. As if a visit from God is not strange enough, what happens next really takes us by surprise. While Abraham is visiting with ...
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Shabbat Message: Why Look Forward

Friday, October 15, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ ...
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Shabbat Message: Work and Dignity

Friday, October 8, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
Does the Torah support guaranteed work? While it is hard to answer affirmatively to this question, what is clear is that work is valued in the Torah as a source of dignity. As such, we should build a society that provides work for all those who are willing to work. וַתָּבֹ֨א אֵלָ֤יו ...
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Shabbat Message: Serve the Earth

Friday, October 1, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
One of the grand ideas presented in the Torah is that humanity is created in God’s image. וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֔ים נַֽעֲשֶׂ֥ה אָדָ֛ם בְּצַלְמֵ֖נוּ ...
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Shabbat Message: Finishing and Completing The Torah

Friday, September 24, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
We are coming close to the end of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah. We will finish it, but can we complete it? תּוֹרָ֥ה צִוָּה־לָ֖נוּ מֹשֶׁ֑ה מוֹרָשָׁ֖ה קְהִלַּ֥ת ...
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Book Review: Cultural Disjunctions: Post-Traditional Jewish Identities

Monday, September 20, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman

In Cultural Disjunctions, Paul Mendes-Flohr examines the reality that Modern Jews mix their Judaism with a wide range of other identities, or as Wendy Doniger puts it, (quoted by Mendes Flohr on page 22),   adopted “other people’s myths”.  His essential question is how can Jews create a robust identity that is fully engaged in the Jewish experiment but not exclusively Jewish?  

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Shabbat Message: Ha'azinu Parsha

Friday, September 17, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
יַעֲרֹ֤ף כַּמָּטָר֙ לִקְחִ֔י - תִּזַּ֥ל כַּטַּ֖ל אִמְרָתִ֑י - ...
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Tashlich at Home

Monday, September 13, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman, Andrea Wolfe
Are you looking for a meaningful rainy day activity with your kids? This could be a perfect time to explain Tashlich to them! What is Tashlich? Traditionally on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, (or, if one cannot get to it then, it can be done until Hoshannah Rabbah - this year Sept. 27th) Jews gather at a body of water to symbolically throw their sins into the depths of the sea by throwing pieces of bread into the water. This article offers ...
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Shabbat Message - A 9/11 Reflection

Friday, September 10, 2021
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
This shabbat marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. It is an opportunity to consider one of the outcomes of that very hard time. This Dvar Torah is dedicated to all of those who lost their lives on that terrible day. This week’s Torah portion, VaYeilech, includes the Mitzvha of Hakel. הַקְהֵ֣ל ...
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