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April 27, 2016
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DAY 1397: The Passover Seder – The Illusion of Order and the Reality of Chaos

The setup of our Seder last night. The calm before the storm (lol) - Scott Gursky Dear Hevreh, Our tables are set with an expected order. Forks on the left with the salad fork on the outside; dishes stacked to reflect the order in which we will eat; and the wine and water glasses neatly arranged for ease of use and aesthetic value. An immaculately set table is abeautiful sight to behold but it's orderly beauty is set in contradistinction the wonderful chaos and life of a meal. Spilled drinks, table banging, loud children noises, interrupted conversations, and bellowing laughter make meals -- especially large Seder meals -- an incredibly messy, but beautiful, experience to have.[...]

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April 21, 2016
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Sell Your Hametz!

According to Jewish law, one must not own any piece of hametz for the duration of Passover. As such you are able to appoint Rabbi Saks to sell all of your hametz (including food and dishes) to be possessed by a non-Jewish buyer for the duration of Passover.    All hametz materials do NOT have to leave the home during Passover. They simply must be covered and placed out of sight. The non-Jewish buyer has the "right" (though never exercised) to come and take the hametz away during the holiday, which is why you'll need to supply your address to Rabbi Saks if you decide to sell your hametz.    Once Passover is over, the non-Jewish buyer will sell the hametz back to Rabbi Saks so all who appointed him as their seller can partake[...]

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April 15, 2016
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Community Passover Seder – Saturday, April 23

Community Passover Seder Saturday, April 23, 6 pm Explore the joy and intrigue of Passover with this wonderful communal celebration of the timeless Seder ritual. Adults are still only $39, under 18 is $19, 12 and under is FREE. Contact Elliot Rubin at officebethmordecai@gmail.com OR 732-442-1373 for more details...

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March 23, 2016
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Purim Megillah Reading and Hamantaschen Bakeoff!

Tonight (Wednesday, March 23) at 7:30 pm Congregation Beth Mordecai 224 High Street, Perth Amboy NJ 08861 An enjoyable and whimsical reading of the megillah, with lots of opportunities for singing and mockery. A delicious Hamantaschen Bake-off to follow! To register for the bake-off, contact Sharon Bender at (sharon.bender@outlook.com) Remember to wear a funny hat to the reading!!!!!

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December 24, 2015
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DAY 1272: Tonight’s Tradition

(12/24/15), Reflection on tonight's Chinese Dinner & A Movie event... Dear Hevreh, A brief search of Facebook events reveals the extent to which the custom (minhag) of Chinese Dinner and a Movie on Christmas seems as powerful as any biblical or rabbinic law (halakhah). This should not be surprising. Whether it's eating bagels and lox on weekends, placing rocks on gravestones, or arguing over the check, Jewish customs are extremely potent markers of Jewish practice and identity. The rabbis knew this. Even in a system whereby laws (halakhot) were authoritative because of the weight of biblical precedent or rabbinic decree, customs held great sway because they were created and maintained by the people (amkha). In some instances, customs were so deliciously[...]

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December 16, 2015
By bethmordecai
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#VirtualHanukkah Video Montage

Check out all of our great Hanukkah celebrations -- in our homes, in our shul, and in our community -- through this entertaining video montage. Share with your friends and family to let them know all of the great things we are doing at Beth Mordecai!  

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December 3, 2015
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DAY 1251: The Miracle of Hanukkah — Choosing to Act and Have Faith As Jews

Reflections on thoughts leading to Sunday's Hanukkah Party (see below after the text) אך עיקר הנס היה בחנוכה מה שניצחו החשמונאים במתי מספר את היונים שהיו מולכים בכל העולם והיו עם רב. אבל הנס שהיה בשמן היה רק מצד ה' יתברך שהיה חביבה לפניו הדלקה זו. שישרארל מצידם כיון שטימאו כל השנים וללא היה להם שמן היו פטורים ממצות הדלק המנורה; דאונס רחמנא פטריה. וכל שכן שלא היו מחויבים למסור נפשם בעד מצוה זו. רק שהראה ה' יתברך אז שחביבה הדלקת המנורה לפניו והמציא לפניהם בנס שמן להדלקת הנרות.     - רב צדוק הכוהן מלובלין -- פרי צדק בראשית לחנוכה The essential miracle of Hanukkah was the Maccabees, with only a small number, defeating the Greeks who controlled the world[...]

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September 27, 2015
By bethmordecai
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Rabbi Saks’ Kol Nidre Sermon for 5776 — The Value of Saying I’m Sorry

KOL NIDRE SERMON - Listen to Rabbi Saks' Kol Nidre Sermon on "the Value of Saying I'm Sorry." Batter up! [video mp4="http://bethmordecai.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Kol-Nidre-Sermon.mp4"][/video]

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July 15, 2015
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DAY 1110: Writing Our Script for the High Holidays

(7/15/15), 62 days. That's how long it is until we gather together in our beautiful sanctuary to ring in another Jewish New Year (!). I don't know about you, but 62 days feels far off and just around the corner at the same time. Yesterday, I spent some quality time in the library at the Jewish Theological Seminary to prepare material for the holidays and to turn my mind towards the themes of repentance, forgiveness, and self-renewal. Perhaps its because it felt so blistering hot outside, but it was hard to imagine that I was preparing for an event at the end of the summer. Could the words I was reading about a holiday still over two months away resonate with[...]

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April 12, 2015
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Online YIZKOR 2015/5775 (12 pm, Sunday April 12, 2015)

Join Rabbi Saks for an ONLINE opportunity to recite Yizkor for your loved one. If we get 10 LIVE we will recite the Mourner's Kaddish. Feel free to watch at your convenience and insert the name of your loved one at the appropriate moment.

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