Open Your Eyes

Rose Prevezar
5779
by Rose Prevezer
posted on November 26, 2018
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The Jerusalem Talmud tells us that Tamar would earnestly pray: “Master of the Universe, let me not go empty from this house!” With Judah withholding that which is owed to her - marriage to his remaining son and the security and children that would flow from that - she is in a state of despair. Overwhelmed with fear and with a longing to fill the emptiness in her heart and womb, she is compelled to enact a risky and potentially fatal plan by disguising herself as a sex worker in order to lie with Judah and conceive the promised child from the House of Jacob. Read more...

One For Each Night

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5773
by Rabbi Aaron Alexander
posted on December 8, 2012
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One of the reasons I love Hannukah so much is that it invites us to experience each and every day in a robust and interconnected way. Which is to say, each candle both stands on its own but is connected to what was, and what will be. To that end, I offer these eight kavannot(devotional/intentional focus points) as potential pathways to elevate your hannukiah-lighting ceremony each night. Hannukah Sameah! Read more...

Who are You?

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5772
by Reb Mimi Feigelson
posted on December 17, 2011
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The Chernobler Rebbe, the Me'or Aynayim, R' Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl (1930-1797), was looked upon as the youngest student of the Ba'al Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement. There are even stories of some Chassidic Masters who chose the Chernobler rebbe to be his successor, and not the Maggid of Metzrich (d. 1772). Reb Pichas of Koretz laments that because of the Maggid's appointment he didn't merit to be the disciple of the Chernobler. Read more...

Light the World, One Person at a Time

Headshot of Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
5770
by Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
posted on December 19, 2009
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This Shabbat, we read the story of Joseph. Imprisoned because of false accusations from Potiphar, Joseph finds himself in the company of the baker and cupbearer. Listening to their dreams, Joseph brings hope and light in moments of darkness and fear. And, as we prepare to celebrate Hanukah in the coming week, I am reminded of story that reminds us, too, of the mandate to bring light into the world for others, especially at this time of darkness. As the story is told, it is a conversation between a rabbi and one particular member of the community Read more...