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October 8, 2017
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Shemini Atzeret-Yizkor-Simchat Torah

Thurs Oct 12 8:30 am <<Shemini Atzeret and Yizkor>> Thurs Oct 12 7:00 pm <<Simchat Torah>> Fri and Sat 13 and 14 <<Shabbat B'reishit>> Click the title link for more information and all of the ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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February 7, 2017
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Beth Mordecai Community Input Survey

Community Input Survey Let us know what you want to see happen at Beth Mordecai and how you want to get involved! Loading...

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February 6, 2017
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Rebirth Project

Rebirth is Beth Mordecai’s 3-year project to establish a firm foundation for Beth Mordecai’s future. Stay tuned for events and more ways you can help this vital project. Click the title link for more information.

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November 7, 2016
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Shabbat Across Beth Mordecai – November 18th, 2016

Want to share a special Shabbat dinner with fellow Beth Mordecai members? Sign up for Shabbat Across Beth Mordecai! It's easy, just fill out the form below and we'll tell you where you're going by Wednesday, November 16th. Shabbat Shalom! Loading...

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September 25, 2016
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August 15, 2016
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DAY 1506: No Synagogue Required

Dear Hevreh, Yesterday (Sunday) I had the pleasure of spending the end of Tisha B'av learning Torah with a number of 20s and 30s who live in Highland Park. Many topics were included in this marathon of learning including... how Tisha B'av implores us to feel the pain of historical collective trauma, how we struggle with understanding why bad things happen to seemingly good people, and how our love affair with Jerusalem revolves around lamenting its destruction and hoping for its rebirth (among other topics). The conversation was stimulating, variegated, and incisive because we weren't shy to share our own perspectives - our Unique Torah - and we weren't afraid to listen and be moved by the teachings of[...]

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July 21, 2016
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DAY 1468: A Prayer to Breathe

Dear Hevreh, Below you'll find a prayer I wrote in honor of the victims of the Dallas shooting which I'll be reading at a vigil today organized by the Perth Amboy Chaplain Corps. I will be speaking on this prayer (and the sources quoted) during my talk tonight. Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Ari Saks Adonai Elohei Haruchot L'khol Basar, God, Source of the breath of all flesh (Numbers 27:15) You breathed your spirit into the nostrils of the First Human (Genesis 2:7) Imbuing our earthly bodies with your heavenly spirit (Rashi on Genesis 2:7) A pure spirit (Talmud Masekhet B'rakhot 60b; Birkhot Hashahar) So as long as I breathe, I acknowledge Your Presence (Talmud Masekhet B'rakhot 60b; Birkhot Hashahar) Lord in this moment of hamas, of anger and hostility (Genesis[...]

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July 13, 2016
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Be A Shabbat by the Sea Season Supporter TODAY!

Do you love Shabbat by the Sea? Do you want to share it with as many people as possible? Then become a Shabbat by the Sea Season Supporter!   For only $50 a person you can ensure that our community will have a wonderful experience by the bay and enjoy a delicious meal together – sometimes catered, sometimes pot luck – without the hassle and discomfort of charging people to come to our program. With your support we will never have to turn someone away from enjoying the full Shabbat by the Sea experience while also helping us attract new people to our community. For your support you will receive… A special thank you letter Your name (or a name of a family[...]

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July 1, 2016
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DAY 1461: It’s My Fault There’s No Fireworks Tonight

Dear Hevreh, It's my fault that fireworks are not happening tonight. One of the organizers asked me to pray that rain would not fall tonight, and though I did offer a prayer, it didn't help; the weather forecast is too inclement for the fireworks to happen tonight. They've been rescheduled for tomorrow and I hope the organizer doesn't ask me to offer a prayer for those fireworks - I don't want it to backfire. Before you write me a note saying "to not take your prayers so seriously" or that "you really didn't cause this," just know that I wrote the previous paragraph with the proverbial tongue in my cheek. I recognize that prayer doesn't necessarily work in that way we most[...]

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June 23, 2016
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DAY 1454: What the Cavaliers NBA Championship Teaches Us About Empathy

Reflection on the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA Championship and our upcoming Shabbat by the Sea experience on Caring for One Another... Dear Hevreh, I confess that I was very excited when the Cleveland Cavaliers ("Cavs") won the NBA championship on Father's Day. Why is this something I have to confess to? Because I'm not a Cavs fan, I'm a Sixers fan. More to the point, I'm a Philadelphia sports fan and it surprised me that cheering for the Cavaliers to win on Sunday night felt somewhat like cheering on one of my Philly teams win. It was odd, because a part of me thought that I should not feel that way, that no team winning a championship could (or should) feel[...]

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