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 Tazria April 3, 2019 Rabbi Rachel Heaps
    Dear Friends, This week’s Torah portion, Tazria (and its usual partner, Metzora), strikes fear in the hearts of Torah scholars and B’nai Mitzvah alike. Not because it’s lacking in interpretable material, or because it casts God and the Israelites in a bad light, but because if it were a TV show it would be rated M, for mature. This section of ...
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  • Shabbat Sh’mini March 27, 2019 Rabbi Paul Cohen
    Dear Friends, I always get nostalgic when we arrive at this week’s Torah portion, Sh’mini. You see, it was my Bar Mitzvah portion some 45 years ago. What I remember most vividly is that I could not stop my knees from shaking and how grateful I was that no one could see them. Somehow, I made it through the service at ...
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  • Shabbat Tzav March 20, 2019 Daniel Glassman
    Dear Friends, For the last couple of months, I have been a “pusher.” A pusher of what, you ask? A pusher of cookies, girl scout cookies. I know I am a little old to be a girl scout, but “a Dad has got to do what a Dad has to do” to make sure my girl scout hits her sales goal. ...
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  • Shabbat Vayikra March 13, 2019 Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE
    Dear Friends, Vayikra, Leviticus, is my favorite book in the Torah. Its first portion, also called Vayikra, appears to deal mainly with the priestly cult and laws of sacrifice. But this describes the portion only at the most basic, simple level. When we look more closely, we see that there are several important, relevant lessons to learn that can speak to ...
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  • Shabbat P’kudei March 6, 2019 Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Dear Friends, This week’s Torah portion P’kudei, literally means “to measure.”  The Tabernacle, as opposed to the Temple created by King Solomon, was a portable “sanctuary,” or “tent of meeting.” It was meant to be taken anywhere, serving as a metaphor of God’s presence everywhere. It enabled the Israelites to find intention, and connect to God in worship no matter what ...
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