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 Behar May 15, 2019 Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Dear Friends, We at Temple Jeremiah are doing a tremendous job of fulfilling the obligation of “Tzedakah begins with those who are closest to us.” We learn about this as one of the commandments God gives to Moses for the Jewish people from atop Mount Sinai in this week’s Torah portion, Behar, which literally means, “on the mountain.” I am continually ...
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  • Shabbat Emor May 8, 2019 Rabbi Rachel Heaps
    Dear Friends, What does perfection look like and where do we expect to find it? It’s a hard question. Sometimes, it feels like perfection, like the Maimonidean description of God, is easier to define by what it is not, rather than what it is. Or maybe, in a slightly more modern description, perfection is rather impossible to define but we’ll know it ...
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  • Shabbat Kedoshim May 1, 2019 Rabbi Paul Cohen
    Dear Friends, Our tradition teaches us that there is nothing as whole as a broken heart (Menachem Mendel of Kotzk). Our hearts are truly broken. Attacks on houses of worship throughout our world: Pittsburgh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Poway, CA. So, where is the wholeness? The wholeness comes through strength and resolve to repair, restore, and reinvigorate. read more
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  • Shabbat Acharei Mot April 24, 2019 Daniel Glassman
    Dear Friends, Let me set the scene. I am sitting at my desk reading this week’s parasha, Acharei Mot. After an audible sigh, I grunt. “Ooofff!” I let out another, “ooofff.” I am reminded that the clergy team at Jeremiah love Leviticus and all that it has to teach us. Again, I let out an audible “ooooffff.” I have admitted to ...
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  • D’var Torah for Passover April 17, 2019 Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE
    Dear Friends, When Shabbat falls on the first day of Pesach, Yom Rishon Shel Pesach, we read in Torah Moses’ instructions to “Remember this day, on which you went free from Egypt, the house of bondage…”(Exodus 13:3); beginning with this first night of Passover, which “was for the Eternal a night of vigil, leil shimurim, to bring them out of the ...
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