Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Enemy Within

Rabbi Jay Stein

Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 35

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', שׁובֵר אויְבִים וּמַכְנִיעַ זֵדִים

Baruch ata Adonai shiver oyvim u’machnea zadim

Praised are You Adonai, who destroys enemies and humbles the arrogant.

Both as a nation and as individuals we have external enemies and internal enemies often it is the external enemies that get the most attention as they are easy to identify. However, there are internal conflicts that do extraordinary damage as well.  Negative thoughts and negative self talk can leave a lasting wound. In this bracha we ask God to help us overcome those enemies who seek to hurt us no matter from where they come.

 

Minyan this Thursday will be at 6:45am Please join us for Hallel and Al Hanisim.  Happy Hannukah!!

  

Justice, Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

Rabbi Jay Stein

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 34 

​בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', מֶלֶךְ אוהֵב צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט

Baruch ata adonai melech ohev tzedakah u’mishpat

Praised are You Adonai, Who loves righteousness and justice

 

In this bracha we see that it possible to marginalize justice. In a desire for peace and harmony we are prepared to sacrifice what is right. We say, “don’t make such a big deal about it!” Or “let it go.”  

There are many areas of justice we must not relinquish to apathy or fear of confrontation. There is social justice, economic justice, climate justice.  Yours is to determine where you might spend your energy to make a difference. 

Please enjoy this piece from my sermon this past week. Click here

Happy Hannukah

 

 

 

  

Invite Someone In

Rabbi Jay Stein

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Number 33

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', מְקַבֵּץ נִדְחֵי עַמּו יִשרָאֵל:

Baruch ata Adonai mikabetz nidchei amo yisrael

Praised are You Adonai, Who gather the dispersed of Israel.

Traditionally, at this time of year families get together. For some, however, this is a very lonely time of year. For whatever reason, whether they have become estranged or because  the distance doesn’t permit it, people are not able to get together with family.

Regardless of the reason, this is painful especially in the face of so many family gatherings. We are bombarded by images on television and social media showing the joy of gathering around a meal or a fireplace. Let’s use this bracha as an opportunity to reminder us to invite others into our homes, as Abraham taught us in the mitzvah of welcoming guests.