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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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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