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Why Remember?

Parashat Ha’azinu When I call out the name of Hashem, ascribe greatness to our God.  The Rock!  Perfect is His work; for all His paths are justice; a God of faith without iniquity, righteous and fair is He.   Corruption is not … Continue reading

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Love, Hate and the Greatest Commandment

Parashat Va’etchanan Why do we read this parasha every year after Tisha B’Av? Thought we were finished with all of the pleading already? This week, we spent a hungry evening on the floor reading Lamentations, remembering the horrific tragedies that … Continue reading

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Words to a New Generation

Parashat Devarim Deuteronomy is unique. Firstly, the book is a retelling of the entire Torah. Second, as the Vilna Gaon notes, the first four books of the Torah were heard directly from the mouth of HaShem. Whereas Deuteronomy is Moshe’s recounting 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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On being grasshoppers and eating giants

Parashat Shelach Lecha This week’s portion is about the Jewish people at our very best and our very worst. At our very best, we are secure in our identities, trusting in the promises of G-d in the face of immense … Continue reading

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Passing the Baton

Messianic Judaism currently finds itself in a continuity dilemma (see my previous post from 2010, “Is Messianic Judaism in Crisis?”).   Although part of me is optimistic about the future of our movement, especially with the current work of MJTI, MJRC, and the UMJC; there is … Continue reading

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Is this ‘Judaism Lite’?

Tonight I went to a lecture with Rabbi Avi Weiss at the historic 6th & I synagogue in downtown Washington, DC. Rabbi Weiss has been named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America. He is … Continue reading

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Gonzo Judaism – Part III

Well … as promised, here is the third and final segment of my review on the book Gonzo Judaism, by Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein.  To catch up you can read Part I HERE and Part II HERE. I have never … Continue reading

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Gonzo Judaism – Part II

In my previous post on the book Gonzo Judaism, by Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein, I reflected on some initial thoughts on the book and surveyed the first chapter. This post will continue the review of the next three chapters of the … Continue reading

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Gonzo Judaism – Part I

Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for Renewing an Ancient Faith by Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein is a nationally recognized author and speaker, as well as the founder and Rabbi Emeritus of The New Shul in New … Continue reading

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