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 Pinchas July 17, 2019 Rabbi Rachel Heaps
    Dear Friends, Have you ever watched an episode of a TV show that ends on an incredible cliffhanger? Maybe a main character suddenly dies, or someone’s true identity was shockingly revealed, or a huge plot twist was introduced just seconds before a fade to black. Whatever it might be, you sit there shocked, numbly watching the credits start to roll, trying ...
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  • Shabbat Balak July 10, 2019 Rabbi Paul Cohen
    Dear Friends, The Torah portion of this week is called Balak. The name is that of the Moabite king who wished to destroy the Israelites. In order to make this easier, Balak hired the pagan prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites in order to weaken them. In Pirkei Avot 5:19 we read that whoever possesses an ayin tovah, a good eye, ...
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  • Shabbat Chukat July 2, 2019 Daniel Glassman
    Dear Friends, I am not certain if I shared one of my great fears with the congregation–having my blood being drawn. The mere sight of someone getting blood taken makes me queasy and I recoil in utter fear that I’m next. I have gone to such great lengths in my lifetime to avoid having my blood drawn that I have actually ...
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  • Shabbat Korach June 26, 2019 Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE
    Dear Friends, I would tend to believe that there is not a single soul on this earth who has not struggled with some conflict, seeking peaceful resolution. This particular Torah portion, Korach, has so much to teach us. But first, I ask you to go on a ‘history’ lesson with me, provided by a number of commentators, that will eventually take ...
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  • Shabbat Sh’lach L’cha June 19, 2019 Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Dear Friends, In this week’s Torah Portion, Sh’lach L’cha, we witness firsthand how God feels about rumor, racial profiling, racial and physical discrimination, and gossip, which we refer to as “La’shon ha’rah” in Hebrew. We also see the importance of showing gratitude, which is an important theme for many of us as of late. God asked Moses to send one representative ...
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