Aug
31
August, 31st 2023
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: As we complete our second week of school—time goes by so quickly-- I should like to direct your attention to two messages which I hope will characterize the religious…
Aug
25
August, 25th 2023
Last week, days before the start of school, we entered into the month of Elul, which calls upon each of us to begin a process of introspection and Teshuva (Repentance). What exactly is Teshuva? Or…
Jun
9
June, 9th 2023
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: Right in the middle of B’Ha’alotcha the Torah interrupts the narrative of Bnai Yisrael’s travel through the desert with two Pesukim: ויהי בנסוע הארון ויאמר משה קומה ה'…
Jun
2
June, 2nd 2023
As we all know, during Birkat Kohanim – the special blessing in this week’s Torah reading with which the Kohanim bless the rest of the nation -the Kohanim are required both to lift their hands and to…
May
19
May, 19th 2023
The Gemara (Megillah 31b) states that when Ezra HaSofer initiated the cycle of weekly Torah readings, he determined that Parashat Bechukotai should always be read immediately before Shavuot. The…
May
12
May, 12th 2023
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: Two thoughts which emerge from the laws of Shemittah—the Sabbatical Year--which are introduced in Parashat Behar. I once saw an American TV show with Hebrew subtitles.…
May
5
May, 5th 2023
The Torah’s perspective on just about every aspect of human life—communal, familial, and personal—is discussed in the Parshiyot of Kedoshim and, this week’s Torah reading, Emor. These two Parshiyot…
Apr
28
April, 28th 2023
Parashat Kedoshim—the second of the two Parshiyot we read this Shabbat—begins with two simple yet challenging words—“Kedoshim Tihiyu—Be Holy.” If someone were to tell me to “Be Good” I think I would…
Apr
21
April, 21st 2023
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: This Shabbat marks the conclusion of the third of the seven weeks of the Sefirat HaOmer period. Besides performing the Mitzvah of counting Sefira each night we observe…
Mar
31
March, 31st 2023
As we come close to concluding the process of searching for and destroying every bit of Chametz in our homes it seems appropriate to ask a simple question: Why does God seem to have such an aversion…