Monthly Archives: July 2013

UMJC Conference Review 2013

Last week I joined hundreds of others at the UMJC’s 2013 International Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was Avodah: Service of Our Hearts and Hands. My friend, Rabbi Derek Leman, already wrote a really great review of the … Continue reading

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Synagogues as Greenhouses

We, however, are Your people, partners to Your covenant, descendants of Your beloved Abraham to whom You made a pledge on Mount Moriah. We are the heirs of Isaac, his son, bound upon the altar. We are Your firstborn people, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Salvation comes from the Jews. Israel found his salvation in G-d, and the salvation of G-d is illuminated in the light of Messiah Yeshua. Therefore, Israel will never cease to be G-d’s people. The secret that rules over Israel will … Continue reading

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Learning With Paul … and Paul

Today is Rosh Chodesh Av (see my previous post), beginning a period of mourning within Judaism called the “Nine Days” – beginning with the first of Av and culminating on the 9th of Av with the fast day known as Tisha … Continue reading

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The Nine Days

Today begins a period of mourning within Judaism called the “Nine Days” – beginning with the first of Av and culminating on the 9th of Av with the fast day known as Tisha B’Av. These nine days are part of … Continue reading

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Vows and Oaths

Parashiot Mattot-Massei This week is another double header from the Torah – Mattot and Massei. The first parasha, Mattot, begins by describing vows and oaths sworn to HaShem. Halachah (Jewish law) takes vows and oaths very seriously. A vow, or a neder, is described by … Continue reading

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Rav Sacks: A Judaism Engaged with the World

A FREE download opportunity … I have long been a fan of Britian’s Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks. He has been one of the foremost religious thinkers and leaders of our time. Whether you are already familiar with his work … Continue reading

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