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Tu B’shvat and Potential for Growth!

Tonight is Tu B'shvat. This is the new year for the trees, and the process of how the date was chosen is fascinating. The assumption is that most of the winter's rains have fallen, and from this point, the sap deep down in the core of the tree begins to flow, which will lead to [...]

A Little Spark can make a Big Difference!

"The house of Jacob will be fire, the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for straw, and they will ignite and devour them." (Obadiah 1:18) This intense verse from the Prophet Obadiah is about the ability for the Israelites to overcome in the forces of Esau when the Messiah comes. What [...]

How Can We Share a Holy Place?

Shalom Friends, This week's parsha has a familiar highlight--I hope you remember when we studied the text of Sulam Yaakov(Jacob's Ladder)--Holy Place during the last portion of the program, and around our visit to Jerusalem. Do you remember? Do you remember the discussion? What you might have felt? What was a "Holy Place" for you [...]

Learning to Walk as a Sign of Greatness!

  There is a long-standing argument in the Jewish Tradition, comparing the hero of this week's parsha (Noah) with the hero of next week's parsha (Abraham). Each has strengths and weaknesses, and it is an interesting debate. One pillar in the argument is in the opening verse to this week's reading (Genesis 6:9) when it [...]

Shabbat Shalom: Thoughts on Peace, Peres and parshat Nitzavim

“You are standing today, all of you, before Gd: your heads, your tribes, your elders and your officers--all the People of Israel: your small children, your women, and your convert who is in the midst of your camp, from the hewer of your wood, to the drawer of your water” (Deuteronomy 29:9-10) These are the [...]