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Shabbat Blog: To Die in The Exercise of Your Passion

Friday, March 25, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
On Wednesday, August 7th, 1974, a 24-year-old Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out onto a steel wire strung across the 130-foot gap between the tops of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York — close to 1,350 feet above the ground. After a 45-minute performance he was asked, "Weren't you afraid that you were going to die?" While conceding, he replied, "If I die, what a beautiful death, to die in the exercise of your ...
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Shabbat Blog: A Torah of Kindness

Friday, March 18, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ God spoke to Moses, saying: צַ֤ו אֶֽת־אַהֲרֹן֙ ...
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Something Great Happened At the J

Friday, March 11, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
Recently at the ERJCC.... While this is not a classic Dvar Torah, in a very real sense, this story is what Torah is all about. Two weeks ago, just about as Rabbi David Rosen’s class on the Jewish denominations was about to begin at the J, two women walked in to the Kehillah room to join. Pleasantries were exchanged and Rabbi Rosen taught the class. Once the class ended many of the “regulars” engaged the two newcomers in ...
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Shabbat Blog: A Foundation of Blessings

Friday, March 4, 2022
Posted by: Rabbi Barry Gelman
There were 100 sockets used in the construction of the Mishkan - the traveling Temple that accompanied the Israelites while traveling in the wilderness. The sockets served as a foundation for the beams that made up the walls of the Mishkan. Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Alter of Gur, founder of the Gur Hassidic dynasty draws a comparison between the 100 sockets and the practice of reciting 100 blessings per day. תניא ...
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Drink Up! (Water, Of Course)

Thursday, March 3, 2022
Posted by: Nerissa Figueroa
Temperatures in Houston... Can change at the drop of a hat.It’s natural to adjust with changing temperatures. However, sometimes we adjust our habits without even realizing we are doing it. For example, many times if the weather is hotter, we drink more water. This also means that as the weather gets chillier, we tend to decrease water intake as well. While yes, it is true that we need to increase consumption in hotter temperatures, it is ...
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