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This week’s portion finds us at the foot of Mount Sinai, where God descends as a cloud upon the mountain and reveals his glory and law to Moses. It is not surprising, then, that this portion contains what might be the most sublime mystical lines in the entire Torah, “Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.”
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HAPPY TU BISHVAT! In Jewish tradition, it’s the new year for trees. This was originally because of the rule in Leviticus that one doesn’t consume the fruit of a tree for the first three years, and the fruit of the fourth year was donated to the Temple…
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A DARKNESS THAT CAN BE TOUCHED
In this week’s Torah Portion, Bo, we hear of the final two plagues brought against Pharaoh, plagues that lead in this portion to the first Passover and the beginning of the Exodus.
The ninth plague is darkness. After rivers of blood, locusts, hail, dead frog soup, and boils, darkness doesn’t seem all that bad. Yet it is the plague just before the death of the first born, and so was a plague that seen as the most severe possible other than massive death.
Jan 21 2021 8 Sh’vat 5781 Hello Temple Sinai, Today I am thankful for the peaceful and dignified transfer of power in this nation. I was moved by the passionate performance of her poem “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gordon, the National Youth Poet Laureate, and by the appearance of three former presidents […]
… Thus begins this week’s Torah portion, and begins the story that is at the heart of our people and our religion: the story of moving from slavery to freedom, from degradation to dignity, from exile to the promised land. While this is our story, it is also the archetypal story of all peoples struggling to be free from bondage.
It is a story that is deeply shared and deeply sacred in the African-American church community, a community that has been at the heart of the struggle for civil rights. While…
Happy Rosh Chodesh, Temple Sinai,
Tonight is the new moon, or rosh chodesh of the Hebrew month of Sh’vat. Rosh Chodesh is a time for giving thanks, and for putting out our hopes and prayers for the coming month, that as the moon grows, we move from conflict to peace, from danger to safety, from poverty to satisfaction, from fear to security. Let that be our prayer this new moon.
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