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Am I the Universe?

Feb 14, 2020

Am I the Universe?

This week we enjoy the proximity of Tu B'Shvat, the New Year of the Trees, and Parashat Yitro, which contains within it the awe-inspiring revelation at Mt. Sinai. As we shall see, nature plays a key role within this seminal moment for the Israelites (and of course, ultimately for the world, since this is when the Ten Utterances/aka Ten Commandments are given).
Parashat Beshallah, Egypt as a Metaphor

Feb 7, 2020

Parashat Beshallah, Egypt as a Metaphor

A nine year old boy named Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Hebrew School that day. "Well, Mom, our teacher told us how G!D sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When Moses got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge, and in the end, all the Israelites were saved."
Darkness of a Deeper Nature

Jan 31, 2020

Darkness of a Deeper Nature

So personally, the only reference I have to this kind of thick darkness was one of the hurricanes we experienced about a decade ago (I think Wilma) in which most of Miami lost power. I remember how utterly dark it was that night. No stars, no ambient light from street lights, nothing. So dark that when I went down my front steps to see if I could spot a house that might have electricity, I took about 4 steps down my walk and just stopped dead.
LIBERATION PROCEEDS IN STAGES

Jan 24, 2020

LIBERATION PROCEEDS IN STAGES

One of the characteristics of youth is impatience. While older adults are tempered by the realities of human passivity and inertia, young people agitate for immediate change and progress. Unwilling to concede that society moves very slowly, unable to accept human suffering and callousness, our colleges remain centers of agitation and protest as young people attempt to translate their dreams of a redeemed humanity into a living reality.
Thoughts on Anti-Semitism

Jan 17, 2020

Thoughts on Anti-Semitism

This week’s Dvar Torah is entitled Thoughts on Anti-Semitism and the Future of Humanity: Thoughts for Parashat Shemot. It was written by Rabbi Marc D. Angel, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City. Currently, he is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, which seeks to foster an intellectually vibrant, compassionate and inclusive Orthodox Judaism.
Fall Down/Get Up

Jan 10, 2020

Fall Down/Get Up

In this week’s parasha, Vayechi, Our patriarchs Yosef/Joseph and Yaakov/Jacob can be models for us in our quest for equanimity during these stressful and frightening times. Yosef --who suffered so gravely because of his brothers' betrayal-- ultimately came to a place of forgiveness. Yaakov-- who could have disowned his sons for their actions-- was able to come to some sort of resolution.
Tranquility of the Soul

Jan 3, 2020

Tranquility of the Soul

These past few weeks, good people everywhere have been horrified by the attacks on Jews that have recently taken place in New Jersey and New York. And those of us carefully following these incidents know that seemingly random acts of anti-Semitic violence have been happening for a while in the Orthodox neighborhoods of Brooklyn, particularly Crown Heights.
How to Dream New Realities

Dec 27, 2019

How to Dream New Realities

This Dvar Torah is based upon the inspirational message given by Rabbi Eliot Pearlson of Temple Menorah at the Hebrew Academy's Annual Dinner a few years ago.This week's Parasha Miketz and last week's Parasha Vayeishev have the running theme of dreams.
Be the Light!

Dec 20, 2019

Be the Light!

Chanukkah comes from the same Hebrew root as the word for education, Chinuch. So it's fitting that we feature the many aspects of CAJE, our community's central address for Jewish education. Education is all about dreaming and visioning for the future.
Do You Have “G!D” Problems?

Dec 13, 2019

Do You Have “G!D” Problems?

One of the most heartbreaking things that humans do to themselves and others is to refuse to accept the reality we are given and cannot change. In Parashat Vayeitzei, we see this dynamic played out so clearly between sisters Rachel and Leah. Older sister Leah is the first wife of Yaakov/Jacob, but less loved.