Temple Jeremiah

Shabbat Shalom Message

Our weekly Shabbat Shalom Messages are written by our senior staff: Rabbi Paul F. Cohen, Rabbi Rachel Heaps, Cantor Susie Lewis Friedman, Dr. Anne Lidsky, and Danny Glassman. We hope you enjoy sharing in our love of Torah and Judaism through these messages.


 

  • Shabbat KiTavo September 17, 2019 Rabbi Paul Cohen
    Dear Friends, The Torah portion for this week is called Ki Tavo, from the book of Deuteronomy. Ezra the Scribe, living in the time of the Second Temple (5th century BCE), ordained, according to the Talmud, that the blessings and curses recorded in this week’s Torah portion be read before Rosh Hashanah. He also taught that the blessings and curses recorded in Leviticus be read prior ...
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  • Shabbat Ki Teitzei September 11, 2019 Daniel Glassman
    I’ll be the first one to admit that I struggle reading through Deuteronomy. I can’t seem to connect with the weekly parshot. It’s hard when they speak of not taking slaves or taking two wives. These are clearly not things any of us have to deal with nowadays. Ki Teitzei is no exception to my struggles. The parsha contains a mixture of seventy four commandments dealing ...
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  • Shabbat Shof’tim September 4, 2019 Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE
    Then the officials shall address the troops, as follows: . . . “Is there anyone who has planted a vineyard but has never harvested it? Let him go back to his home, lest he die in battle and another harvest it. Is there anyone who has paid the bride-price for a wife, but who has not yet married her? Let him go back to ...
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  • Shabbat Re’eh August 28, 2019 Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Dear friends, As parents of two young children, Ross’ and my lives are filled with a constant dialogue of “dos” and “don’ts.” “Don’t pull your sister’s hair.” “Don’t eat that,” the list goes on and on. Ideally, we would instead use phrases to try an emphasize the positive, such as, “how about making another choice?” or “Why don’t you try this food instead of that ...
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  • Shabbat Eikev August 21, 2019 Rabbi Rachel Heaps
    “Are we there yet?” A question that causes parents, bus drivers, and tour guides to shiver in dread. Because let’s face it if the question is being asked then the answer is no. How many times have you heard this question, or asked it yourself? When miles feel like continents, and seconds feel like hours, we can’t help ourselves, our excitement, nerves, or restlessness can ...
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