April 30, 2017
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Eighth Day, First Day

Parashat Tazria-Metzora, Leviticus 12:1–15:33 Rabbi Russ Resnik All of Creation is in need of redemption, as Scripture says: “. . . which God created to do.” (Sefat Emet)  Messiah’s resurrection on the first day of the week during Passover, which we recently commemorated, is the seed of redemption, the firstfruits of the resurrection to come […]

“Hey Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone!”

Parashat Shemini Lev. 9:1-11:47 by Dr. Jeffrey L. Seif   Years ago, Pink Floyd’s irreverent song “Another Brick in the Wall” caught my attention. Lines like, “We don’t need no education. We don’t need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom,” followed by the commanding, “Teachers, leave them kids alone!” caught my attention. […]

Keep that Fire Burning

Parashat Tsav, Leviticus 6:1-8:36 By Monica Roush, Beth Messiah Congregation, Montgomery Village, MD   Have you ever heard the phrase “on fire for the Lord”?  The metaphor of fire has long been equated with passion, and in my mind this is a Christian saying, not a Jewish one. I was surprised to find out that […]

The Call across the Divide

Parashat vaYikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26 by Rabbi Russ Resnik It’s one of the 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century, the second best single of all time according to Guinness, and number three in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” And here’s what it says: Imagine there’s no heaven / […]

The Mitzvah of Our Lives

VaYakhel-P’kudei, Exodus 35:1 – 40:38 Rabbi Isaac Roussel, Congregation Zera Avraham   With this double parasha we have come to the end of the book of Exodus. The last several parashiot have dealt with the detailed instructions and building of the Mishkan (tabernacle) and its various accouterments. In Parashat Terumah it repeatedly uses the word […]

Learn to Listen

Parashat Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35 Jonathan Roush, Beth Messiah Congregation, Montgomery Village, MD People love to talk but hate to listen. Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank […]

Purim and the Hidden Messiah

Purim—the festival of Esther—is the most light-hearted of the Jewish holidays. Perhaps that’s what leads the sages of the Talmud to ask, “Where is there an allusion to Esther in the Torah?” (Chullin 139b). They answer with a reference to Deuteronomy 31:18, where God warns Israel of exile to come: V’anochi haster asteer panai, “And […]

The Story of Us

Parashat Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10 Rabbi Isaac Roussel – Congregation Zera Avraham   Once a year the Queen of England addresses parliament. She enters through a special door, only to be used by the reigning monarch, which leads directly into the House of Lords. She sits on her throne, turns to her steward and says “Fetch […]

In Remembrance: Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith, former president of Ahavat Zion Synagogue (AZS), long-term UMJC supporter, conference speaker, adviser, friend, and colleague to many, passed away after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer on January 3. A memorial service for Ellen was held on Sunday, February 27, at Granada Heights Friends Church, in La Mirada, California, with hundreds in […]

Building a House for the Holy One

Parashat T’rumah, Exodus 25:1–27:19 Rabbi Stuart Dauermann The Mishkan was the place where the congregation of Israel met with God during their wilderness wanderings. It was a place they built, which God inhabited, and where they could meet with him and honor him. Let’s think together of each of us building a mishkan—a space in […]
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