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January 19, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Rabbi’s Israeli visit, part 1

Our first day was busy and full of touring the Old City in the rain. We landed about 5:30 in the morning and had a full and exhausting day!  Walking through the wet, slippery and history filled streets of the Old City, we learned together about the many different communities and religions who lived in Jerusalem and the many who still do. (more…)

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January 12, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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‘Let My People Go!’

“Let my people go!” Moses exclaims these well-known words to Pharaoh in this week’s Torah portion.  We also read of God sending the first seven of the plagues, Blood, Frogs, Lice, Wild Beasts, Pestilence, Boils, and Fiery Hail.  Pharaoh’s heart is hardened and we do not go free. As Moses prepares to go to Pharaoh, God tells him, “I place you in the role of God to Pharaoh, with your brother, Aaron, as your prophet.” (Exodus 7:1)  What can we learn from God placing Moses in this God-like role? One lesson we may take from this is recognizing the Godliness in others. Our creation narrative reminds us that people are created in the image of God. Rabbi Bradley Artson writes[...]

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Rabbi’s Journal

January 11, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Rabbi Metz’ Israel Mission

Dear Congregation Beth Mordecai Community,   I will be participating in an interfaith clergy mission to Israel from January 16 - 24.  If an emergency arises, please contact Elliot Rubin at 732-442-1373.     I will also be reachable via email (with a time difference for Israel) and will be able to follow up by phone.   This mission to Israel aims to help all participants, gain a greater and more nuanced view of Israel and the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.    While away, I will be writing a blog comprised of short entries about the experience.  These entries will be emailed to the community 2-3 times during the week and will be posted on our website at http://bethmordecai.org/category/rabbis-journal/   Upon my return, I am excited to share and[...]

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Rabbi’s Journal

January 5, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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This week we begin the book of Exodus

This week we begin the book of Exodus and read the names of the Children of Israel who descended into Egypt, Moses’s birth through Moses leaving Egypt and encountering God at the burning bush.   (more…)

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Rabbi’s Journal

December 15, 2017
By bethmordecai
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On the first night of Hanukkah, how many candles do we light?

I would like to share with you these wise words which were written by a fifth-year student, Sam Rotenberg, at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Please let me know your thoughts and reactions: "On the first night of Hanukkah, how many candles do we light? (more…)

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Rabbi’s Journal

December 8, 2017
By Beth Mordecai
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How are you?

How are you? How many times a day do we ask this and are we asked? How do you answer? Do you say, I’m good thanks, you? Or do you actually answer the question? In this week's parsha, Vayeishev, we read about the sibling rivalry between Joseph and his brothers, how they sell him into slavery in Egypt and how Joseph ultimately succeeds there. I would like to focus on one specific verse, early in the parsha. Joseph's brothers are pasturing their sheep in the surrounding area called, Shechem. Israel becomes fearful of his sons' safety and sends Joseph to check on them. The wording that is used here is: 'lech-na re'eh et-shalom achecha', which translates more literally as "go see the peace[...]

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Rabbi’s Journal

August 25, 2017
By bethmordecai
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Welcome Rabbi Sara Metz!

Rabbi Sara Metz grew up in North Haven, Connecticut, and graduated with a BA in American Studies and Near East and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.  She received rabbinic ordination from The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and master’s degrees in Jewish Education and Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. Rabbi Metz loves to study and discuss each week’s Torah portion, gleaning modern insights from an ancient text.  She loves to get outside and go hiking or biking. Rabbi Metz also loves to bake challah every week for shabbat, cook new recipes, crochet, and knit. During Sukkot in 2007 she and Lev met while enjoying dinner in the sukkah.  They were married in 2010 and have been blessed with two[...]

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Jeremy’s thoughts on breakfast minyan

Jeremy's thoughts on breakfast minyan: Those of you who are regulars on Friday night know I've never been an advocate of racing through services in order to get "through it" quicker. I have too much respect for the liturgy to race through it. And I find that a calm and reflective service is just what I need to ease me into a shabbat frame of mind. So why am I leading breakfast minyan? I was a skeptic when Marc introduced the idea. But I don't see breakfast minyan as a way to get out the door early so I can spend Saturday doing something else. I see it as a way to focus more intently on the davening. Truth be told, I take[...]

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Rabbi’s Journal

July 25, 2017
By bethmordecai
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It's free! Amazon calls it the "Amazon Smile" program. Amazon will make a donation to Beth Mordecai every time you shop. Just click on this link to set it up: amazon smile. Then, whenever you shop, go to smile.amazon.com (instead of  amazon.com). Bookmark it!

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Rabbi’s Journal

December 16, 2016
By bethmordecai
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Rabbi Saks’ Letter to the Community about his future

Dear Hevreh, My very first day as rabbi of Beth Mordecai, I excitedly penned an email entitled “DAY 1” to share the “first step” in my rabbinic journey at Beth Mordecai. Now, nearly 1700 days since that first email, I write this letter with very different emotions to tell you that the next step in my rabbinic journey will take me in a different direction, and that after June 30, 2017 I will no longer be the rabbi of Beth Mordecai. I can’t even begin to consider the impact of all the days I’ve counted, all of the steps I’ve taken along my rabbinic journey with you. How can I truly relate the emotions of the times we’ve laughed together, cried together,[...]

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