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November 1, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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This Week’s Torah Portion: The Life of Sarah

Our parsha is called, Chaye Sarah, after the first three words that begin this section. The tex, Genesis Chapter 23:1 states:  וַיִּֽהְיוּ֙ חַיֵּ֣י שָׂרָ֔ה מֵאָ֥ה שָׁנָ֛ה וְעֶשְׂרִ֥ים שָׁנָ֖ה וְשֶׁ֣בַע שָׁנִ֑ים שְׁנֵ֖י חַיֵּ֥י שָׂרָֽה And the life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years; (these were) the years of the life of Sarah. Our Torah text speaks of Sarah’s life twice in just this one sentence. Even in the announcement of her death, Sarah’s life is emphasized. Tree of Life Synagogue suffered an unimaginable tragedy this week. 11 souls, lost their lives in shul. They and we are mourning a loss of innocent life. Yet as we mourn, we honor their lives. Let us gather in the memory of Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose[...]

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December 5, 2017
By bethmordecai
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Coming Up in December

• Wednesday, December 13th Ask the Rabbi At Menlo Park Mall Food Court (near Panera). Friday, December 15th Hanukkah Shabbat Pot Luck  Saturday, December 16th   Traditional Shabbat Service Sunday, December 17th Hanukkah Book Reading At Menlo Park Barnes & Noble.   – Click title link for details and all ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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December 29, 2015
By bethmordecai
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Circumcision Blessings

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November 5, 2014
By bethmordecai
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Shabbat in New York!

SAVE THE DATE to join us for a SPECIAL Shabbat evening in New York City as we visit B'nai Jeshrun, one of the most successful egalitarian synagogues in the country, to experience their unique Friday night service. We will also discuss B'nai Jeshrun's Argentinian roots as we further prepare for our synagogue trip to Argentina in November 2015. Dinner will be included -- LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE so please rsvp below (please add name and email in "Comments") or at officebethmordecai@gmail.com (Price TBD). SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMMING 5:45 pm -- Private meeting with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein on B'nai Jeshrun's Argentinian roots (Reception room of BJ's offices at 270 West 89th Street) 6:15 pm -- Service at B'nai Jeshrun (257 West 88th Street) Dinner to follow at place[...]

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August 5, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 766: Thought on Tishah B’av — Zealotry Leads to Destruction

Dear Hevreh, Last night, our community gathered with Marlboro Jewish Center, Temple Beth Ahm, and Congregation Beth Ohr for a special communal observance of Tisha B'av. A number of the rabbis, including myself, had an opportunity to teach a little about the holiday prior to readingM'gillat Eikhah. I was particularly fascinated by the teaching of Rabbi Lisa Malik on the story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, perhaps the most famous story related to the destruction of the second Temple. The story, which you can find here, seemed pregnant with such meaning that I took the time today with one of our members to study it in more depth. (By the way, please feel free to drop in during[...]

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July 18, 2014
By bethmordecai
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Parashat Korah (קרח) — The Only Land of Milk and Honey

Parashat Korah 2014/5774 (Triennial I) Israel: The Only Land of Milk and Honey Today's learning will be for the sake of adding the light of Torah to the efforts undertaken to safely bring home Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrah, and Gilad Shaar.

In this week's Torah portion, the rebellious Korah challenges Moses by saying "Is it not enough that you brought us from a land flowing with milk and honey (i.e. Egypt) to have us die in the wilderness?" (Numbers 16:13). But isn't Israel the only land of milk and honey? We'll investigate how the Panim Yafot (an 18th Century rabbi from Poland & Germany)[...]

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May 2, 2014
By bethmordecai
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April 18, 2014
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Shabbat Hol Ha-Moed Passover (שבת חול המועד פסח) — Time for a Festival

Shabbat Hol Ha-Moed Passover 2014/5774: Time for a Festival In the portion for this Shabbat of Hol Ha-Moed Passover, we read the term "moed" as it refers to the holiday of Passover...or as it refers to the time of Aviv (Spring). So which is it? Does "moed" mean "festival" or "time"? We will explore this question as it will help us understand the unique qualities of Jewish festivals like Passover and how these holidays have special significance for us today. Classes from other years...Shabbat Hol Ha-Moed Passover 2013/5773 -- Keeping Shabbat in Passover

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March 6, 2014
By bethmordecai
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D’var Torah by Marc Fertik — Parashat P’kudei (March 1, 2014)

  Thank you to Harriet for leading services this morning!   Before researching for this morning’s Dvar, I read both the Torah portions and the Haftorah.   Parashas P'Keudei is not the most exciting of material   P'Keudei begins with Moses's expense account, "These are the records of the Tabernacle …   While only the most obsessive CPAs are likely to want to audit Moses at this late date, it does provide a model for what we now call transparency. There should never be an issue that those who have the ability to tax us (or demand "donations") are personally profiting thereby. Indeed, Midrash tells us how far the priests would go to ensure there would be no such questions. The families of those responsible for the Temple's incense[...]

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January 31, 2014
By bethmordecai
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Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming Weekend, March 14-16! Experience the joy of memory as generations of Beth Mordecai members return to their Jewish home in Perth Amboy to reminisce about favorite stories and reconnect with old friends and a wonderful Beth Mordecai community.  HOMECOMING WEEKEND March 14-16, 2014                            SCHMOOZE                                                                CRUISE                                                                [...]

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