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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 […]
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