Light in Dark Times (Vayetse 5781)

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 | 0 comments

Light in Dark Times (Vayetse 5781)

LIGHT IN DARK TIMES  – VAYETSE 5781 What is it that made Jacob – not Abraham or Isaac or Moses – the true father of the Jewish people? We are called the “congregation of Jacob,” “the Children of Israel.” Jacob/Israel is the man whose name we bear. Yet Jacob did not begin the Jewish journey; Abraham did. Jacob faced no trial like that of Isaac at the Binding. He did not lead the people out of Egypt or bring them the Torah. To be sure, all his children stayed within the faith, unlike Abraham or Isaac. But that simply pushes the question back one level. Why did he succeed where Abraham...

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Thanksgiving … a day of Giving Thanks

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 | 8 comments

Thanksgiving … a day of Giving Thanks

THANKSGIVING AND GIVING THANKS   This week the buzz is all about how different THIS Thanksgiving will be and how much we can’t experience. But let’s treat that ‘buzz’ like the nasty little critter it is … and SWAT IT!  We have MUCH to be thankful for this year. Whether you have chosen to seclude yourself within your home and have your own turkey dinner, or you’ve chosen to carry on as usual, each and every one of us have much to be thankful for!  It is time to recognize that fact and change our perspective on our situation. ‘In the day’...

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Kislev ~ New Month

Posted by on Nov 20, 2020 | 0 comments

Kislev ~ New Month

Kislev (כִּסְלֵֵו) The biblical calendar brings us to the month of Kislev (כִּסְלֵֵו). It is the ninth redemptive/ecclesiastical month, if we use Nisan as the first month or the third month of the civil calendar – our November-December. And as we’re sure you’ve noticed, the days are getting shorter and the nights a bit longer….night around my neck of the woods comes about 5:30pm. Kislev is also known as the ‘month of dreams’ probably due to the fact that it is not only the darkest month of the year but it also contains the winter soltice. And to top that,...

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Parsha Chayei Sarah

Posted by on Nov 10, 2020 | 0 comments

Parsha Chayei Sarah

Introduction to Parsha #5: Chayei Sarah Torah: Genesis 23:1 – 25:18 Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31 B’rit Chadasha: I Corinthians 15:35-58   What a beautiful parsha we are follwing this week! This week’s parsha is all about two amazing, astounding, godly women! Two ‘eishet chayils’ … women of virtue, valor and strenth! The bible has many instances of ‘eishet chayils’, but these two…these two stand head and shoulders above the rest. Why do I say that? I say that because they are the example that all the rest follow.  And, by the way, they are whom...

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Stay the Course!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2020 | 2 comments

Stay the Course!

Pam’s Ponderings…. Today is the Shabbat … Sabbath … peace … rest … today … NOW! While we can ‘observe’ what is going on in the world, in our own country, in our own community, it still is nothing to go crazy over. We know who is still in charge – and it is not any president, any dictator, any king who controls the wheel. Our Father in heaven still is the driver….and we need to remember that. We do not have to buy into the fear-mongering that is out there. If you have read the ‘word’ … in the end … He...

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Parsha Vayera

Posted by on Nov 6, 2020 | 0 comments

Parsha Vayera

THIS WEEK Righteous and Just Vayera – Torah : Genesis 18:1-22:24| Prophets : 2 Kings 4:1-37| Gospel : Luke 17:28-37   Identifying a single incident – or statement – that, in retrospect, changed the entire course of history, is one of the most exhilarating discoveries. We have one such verse in this week’s Torah portion: For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they will keep G-d’s way, to do righteousness and justice (Genesis 18:19). Indeed, therein lays the secret of Abraham’s eternal success. As the sequence of the verses suggests: The...

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