Rabbi’s Teachings

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Torah portion: Becoming a distinguished people

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CLICK HERE to read the article at JewishJournal.com “You shall be holy, for I am holy” — Leviticus 11:45 I always find that Parashat Shemini inspires young people to ask questions. “Why did Aaron’s sons have to die?” “Why can’t I have a drink and get a little tipsy if it will help me enjoy […]

Chanukah: Filling our lives with an ancient light

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CLICK HERE to read the article at JewishJournal.com When we are children, Chanukah often seems the most important holiday — after all, we get gifts and chocolate coins. As adults, we learn that Chanukah commemorates a military victory as well as the miracle of the everlasting oil, and that it signifies our commitment to filling […]

Each day is a choice: Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

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CLICK HERE to read the article at JewishJournal.com Only a couple of weeks ago, we were all feeling the holiness of Yom Kippur. By the end of the day of fasting, beautiful music, insightful teachings and prayers that deepened our self-awareness, we were remembering the real priorities in life. We had committed — to ourselves […]

Explaining Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur (Thousand Oaks Acorn)

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CLICK HERE to read the article on the Thousand Oaks Acorn site Every year around this time, Jews throughout the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys begin to be concerned with something called the High Holidays. But what are these holidays, what are they about, why do they seem to come up at different times every […]

“Because I say so”: Parashat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)

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CLICK HERE to read the article at JewishJournal.com “This is the decree [chukat] of the Torah” (Numbers 19:2). Isn’t it amazing how, as we get older, our parents seem to become wise? It is the responsibility of any good parent to guide their child. But when the child asks for a reason whythey should or […]

Come on in! – Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24)

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CLICK HERE to read the article at JewishJournal.com “My Lord, if I find favor in Your eyes, please pass not away from your servant. Let some water be brought and wash your feet, and recline beneath the tree. I will fetch a morsel of bread that you may sustain yourselves.” – Abraham’s words to the […]

A new direction – Parashat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)

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CLICK HERE to read the article at JewishJournal.com Idolatry. Sexual immorality. Murder. The description of the events of the Golden Calf in this week’s portion sound like the outline for a new cable television series. By the end of the portion, the main characters of Aaron and the Hebrews are forgiven and allowed to keep […]