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Shabbat Blog: Confidence is a Two-Way Street

Friday, June 24, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
It is one of the greatest disasters in Jewish history. The tragedy of the negative report about the land of Israel led to forty years of wandering in the wilderness. According to the rabbis ( Ta'anit 29a) the crying by the pessimistic picture painted by the spies took place on the ninth of Av, a day known as a terrible time on the Jewish calendar. The negative report was not inevitable. In fact, some commentators suggest that the spies ...
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Category: Senior Services

Shabbat Blog: What Does It Mean to be A Lamplighter?

Friday, June 17, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ יהוה God spoke to Moses, saying: דַּבֵּר֙ אֶֽל־אַהֲרֹ֔ן וְאָמַרְתָּ֖ אֵלָ֑יו בְּהַעֲלֹֽתְךָ֙ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹ֔ת אֶל־מוּל֙ פְּנֵ֣י הַמְּנוֹרָ֔ה יָאִ֖ירוּ שִׁבְעַ֥ת הַנֵּרֽוֹת׃ Speak to Aaron and say to him: "When you light the lamps, ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

Shabbat Blog: Are All Commandments Created Equal

Friday, June 10, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
What is going on here? וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ God spoke to Moses, saying: דַּבֵּר֮ אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵל֒ אִ֣ישׁ אֽוֹ־אִשָּׁ֗ה כִּ֤י יַעֲשׂוּ֙ מִכּל־חַטֹּ֣את הָֽאָדָ֔ם לִמְעֹ֥ל מַ֖עַל בַּיהֹוָ֑ה וְאָֽשְׁמָ֖ה הַנֶּ֥פֶשׁ הַהִֽוא׃ Speak to the ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

Shabbat Blog: Get To Work

Friday, May 27, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
אִם־בְּחֻקֹּתַ֖י תֵּלֵ֑כוּ וְאֶת־מִצְותַ֣י תִּשְׁמְר֔וּ ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

Reflections on The Murders in Uvalde, Texas

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
Dear Friends, These are religious / spiritual reflections on the terrible events in Uvalde, Texas. I offer them as a framework for how to think about this horrific loss of life. Others, better suited than me, can offer opinions related to policy and politics. Below is a theological response and my way of expressing the overwhelming sadness that I feel. If you are crying, I am crying with you. If you are angry, I am angry right along your ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

Shabbat Blog: What Really Matters

Friday, May 13, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
This week, we will focus on the Haftorah (the weekly reading form the Prophets). I dedicate this Dvar Torah to my father who always “showed up” and had a knack for knowing what was really important. The connection between the Torah reading and the Haftorah is evident in that both deal with the service performed by the Kohanim in the Beit HaMikdash (Temple). However, an interesting difference between the two has been pointed out by ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

Shabbat Blog: Stay Curious

Friday, April 29, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
I got a message (as part of a WhatsApp group) this week from a Rabbinic colleague asking for leads for a High Holiday Soloist! Yes, you heard right…the Rabbis are already planning for the High Holidays! This is how Rabbis live…always living six months ahead of time. In that spirit, I am happy to share this Torah thought that relates to Yom Kippur…but that also provides a really nice message for any time of the year. This ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

Ukraine Medical Supply Drive

Thursday, April 28, 2022
Posted by: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
The J will be participating in a community organized medical supply drive for the Ukraine Invasion. Between May 1-31, you can drop off requested supplies in our main lobby. All supplies benefit Medical Bridges, an NGO dedicated to helping communities have access to quality healthcare. Please see below for a list of requested supplies. All supplies can be dropped off in our donation box located in the lobby of the Main J. Ukraine Medical ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

Book Review: Paths of The Righteous

Thursday, April 28, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
Paths Of The Righteous Stories of Heroism, Humanity and Hope Ari Mittleman / Gefen Publishing House 2022 Reviewed by Rabbi Barry Gelman This book could not have arrived at a better time for me. In a world wracked by war and polarization, a book about good people doing good things provides great comfort. Narratives of individual people extending themselves on behalf of others remind us that there is still righteousness in the world. It also ...
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Category: CJLL

Passover Message: Carrying The World in Our Heart

Friday, April 15, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
The work of My hands drowning at sea, and you wish to sing songs? (Tal. Bavli Meg. 10b) I find myself anticipating Pesach with mixed emotions this year. One the one hand, after two very unusual Pesach celebrations, for many, our Pesach tables will, once again, look the way we remember them. We will be surrounded by loved ones, enjoying the company of people we have missed at this highlight of the Jewish year. There will be great joy! Over ...
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Category: ERJCC Blog

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