Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Act of God

Rabbi Jay M. Stein

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 32

 בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', מְבָרֵךְ הַשָּׁנִים

Baruch ata Adonai mivarech Ha Shanim

Praised are You Adonai, Who blesses the seasons


Even with all the shoveling and inconvenience of traffic and extra effort that is required, the snow does look beautiful.  It reminds us that living in an area that has seasons that are distinct and wonderous how magnificent this physical world can be.   

We are also reminded of the devastating power of the natural world.  The insurance industry calls those violent storms “acts of God.”  With so much discussion about climate change, population growth and distribution of natural resources, might we revisit our role in the world in which we live.


Getting the Help We Need

Rabbi Jay M. Stein

Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 31

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', רופֵא חולֵי עַמּו יִשרָאֵל

Baruch ata Adonai Rofei Cholei Amo Yisrael

Praise are You Adonai, Who heals the ill of Israel.


Suicide is plaguing our society. People suffer in unimaginable ways and they feel there is no other alternative.  With the oncoming holiday season, the rates of suicide rise.  In many scenarios loved ones have no idea the tragedy is on the horizon and in many cases, family is helpless to avert the trajectory of the pain.  For some the reasons for the pain are chemical, physiological or sociological.  For some a combination of all three.

This bracha reminds us there are people who are aching, and we may be completely unaware.  May this bracha remind us to look closely and partner with God in bringing comfort to those people are hurting.

If it is you who is hurting please reach out to someone and let them help you. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or Call 1-800-273-8255


Truth and Justice

Rabbi Jay M. Stein

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 30

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', מֶלֶךְ אוהֵב צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט

Baruch Ata Adonai Melech O’heiv Tzedakah U’Mishpat

Praised are You, Adonai, King who loves righteousness and justice.

Living in a world in which the truth seems irrelevant and facts can turn into reality, justice is often forgotten or worse never pursued. We are bombarded by angles and spin and it is difficult to figure out what the real story is. The complexity of our world can boggle the mind and confound our sense of what is right and so we look away, we don’t engage, and we give up, instead choosing to believe everyone is corrupt.

This bracha reminds us that truth is still important, and justice must remain a core value.