Tuesday, March 29, 2011
1) If you would like to put your hametz in storage and "sell" it until the end of Passover, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org I would be glad help you with that process.
2) If you are staying at home, you should clean your kitchen to make it kosher for passover. Often it is less of a crazy experience, if you know the ins and outs of the process. I am attaching a kosher for passover guide here. If you have any questions about the content, please let me know.
Sunday, I encourage the community to go to the Maine Jewish History conference being held at Colby College. You can get more information here: http://web.colby.edu/jewsinmaine/.
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
In typical, laconic Biblical style we get a lot of action, but not a lot of details explaining why these two young men were killed when offering incense to God. In contemporary Jewish life, we are so thrilled when young Jews want to be involved that we could not imagine punishing them for worshiping God in their own creative way.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
|יד כִּי אִם-הַחֲרֵשׁ תַּחֲרִישִׁי, בָּעֵת הַזֹּאת--רֶוַח וְהַצָּלָה יַעֲמוֹד לַיְּהוּדִים מִמָּקוֹם אַחֵר, וְאַתְּ וּבֵית-אָבִיךְ תֹּאבֵדוּ; וּמִי יוֹדֵעַ--אִם-לְעֵת כָּזֹאת, הִגַּעַתְּ לַמַּלְכוּת.||14 For if you altogether remain silent at this time, do you expect relief and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place? No, you and your father's house will perish; and who knows whether you have risen to power for this time?'|
It has been argued that Purim is a holiday where the covenant with God is restored. Even when God's face is hidden, even far away from the Land of Israel, we rose to the challenge of retaining our commitment to life, Judaism, and most importantly, the Jewish people. We owe the same to our people today, especially when the challenges we face, thank God, are not as dire as those of our ancestors.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
In the modern world we confuse needs and wants. We often say that we need to do something because we do not want to justify our choices. However, most things in our lives are indeed prerogatives. When we make the time for the things we care about, they will undoubtedly have a prominent place in our lives.
In this week's portion, Parashat Pikudei, we learn about what it means to make a space, a sacred, blessed, and beautiful space for God. The original order for the tabernacle comes from God in Parashat Terumah: (Ex 25:8) "And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them." God gives detailed instructions and the Israelites begin the work. As the process of building the mishkan comes to a close in our parasha, the mishkan is given an interesting name: mishkan haeiduit, the Tabernacle of Testimony.
Our ancestors asked the question, "What does 'Tabernacle of Testimony' mean?" According to many commentaries, the tabernacle is a testament for the love that God has for Israel. Not only does the Tabernacle represent the effort of the Israelites, but also the love that God shows for Israel by wanting to live among its members.
God dwells in those spaces that we make for The Divine, and through the creation of those spaces, a loving relationship is forged between God and God's people, Israel. This week, let us think about the difference between what we want and what we need. Further, let's double our efforts to make room for God, Torah, community, and synagogue in our lives.