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 Ki Tisa February 20, 2019 Rabbi Paul Cohen
    Dear Friends, Cathy and I finally had a chance to watch the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. I was surprised by how dark and sad the movie gets in the middle as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer, sinks into the depths of substance abuse under the spell of a personal manager who does not have Freddie’s interests at heart. In the midst ...
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  • Shabbat T’tzaveh February 13, 2019 Daniel Glassman
    Dear Friends,  Every job I’ve ever held, there was a uniform that had to be worn. Eddie Bauer, a denim shirt and khakis; Abercrombie & Fitch, torn jeans and flip flops; summer camp, a camp sanctioned t-shirt, shorts, and closed toe shoes. Even at temple, there is a “uniform” that I wear to go along with the job that I hold. ...
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  • Shabbat T’rumah February 7, 2019 Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE
    Dear Friends, I, like many of you, have been in many sanctuaries. Some are very majestic, cathedral like with vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows, some with the bima tall and remote. Others are much smaller, ornate in a different way; some with a low-to-the-floor bima in the center of the room. Some we can connect to, others we cannot. We place ...
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  • Shabbat Mishpatim January 30, 2019 Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Dear Friends, This week’s Torah Portion, Mishpatim, literally means laws, those which God legislated for the Israelites. A few of them resonated deeply within me. God warns about mistreatment of foreigners. I think about how so many Americans have suffered recently due a 35-day government shutdown, which was, in my opinion, a complete violation of this law. It seems incredibly hypocritical ...
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  • Shabbat Yitro January 23, 2019 Rabbi Rachel Heaps
    Dear Friends,  It is the special privilege and challenge of a rabbi to always look for new ways to make ancient texts relevant to our modern day lives. As with many unfamiliar or new things in our lives, the writings of the rabbis can be intimidating for the layperson. This means that entire communities who find their professions and expertise outside ...
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