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 Naso June 6, 2019 Rabbi Paul Cohen
    Dear Friends, A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of leading a delegation of 16 Temple Jeremiah members for the biennial Consultation on Conscience of the Religious Action Center. The RAC is the Reform voice in Washington, D.C. Working with the RAC we have strengthened our Social Justice Advocacy work. It was a very exciting and energizing conference. read ...
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  • Shabbat Bamidbar May 30, 2019 Daniel Glassman
    Dear Friends, I found myself pondering a thought this weekend while watching show on TV. Isn’t remarkable how far the characters on a show come since being first introduced to them? The show I was watching is only four seasons long, but the characters have gone from misguided, mentally unstable individuals who break out into song and dance to share their ...
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  • Shabbat B’chukotai May 23, 2019 Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE
    We know this Torah portion as B’chukotai, but another name is Parashat HaToch’chah — the portion of reproach. It contains a list of curses so terrible that traditionally the Torah reader chants them quickly and in a hushed tone so as not to call attention to them. And no one wants that aliyah! The curses are the punishment for disobedience, and they must have ...
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  • 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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