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Reflections on the American Communities Response to Anti-Semitism

This past weekend we commemorated the year anniversary of the tragic shooting that took place at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Its gives us pause, as it did on the High Holidays when I spoke about it from the Bima, to reflect on our response to anti-semitism. Dr. Yehudah Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is a regular lecturer at the Hartman Rabbinic Study Seminar in Israel that I have attended the last two summers. This week he published a powerful essay on the American community’s response to anti-Semitism. It is a bit long, but I recommend it, as it gives us a lot to think about when it comes to the priorities of the Jewish community i

HeChag – THE Festival

The Festival, that’s what the rabbis call Sukkot. Of all the Holidays, it is the one most associated with joy. After the intense ten-day period of repentance culminating in Yom Kippur, we need a holiday where we can just experience some happiness. Sukkot is one of my favorite holidays because of all of the hands-on festivities that take place over the course of the week. From eating in the sukkah to taking up the lulav and etrog to dancing with the Torahs at the end of the festival, there are many opportunities for participating in the joy of the hag. One of the ways we experience joy in the Sukkah is by inviting guests for meals. Friendship and fellowship accompanied by a meal in the sukkah

Acclaimed author Maggie Anton to visit Midbar Kodesh Temple in November

Maggie Anton will be visiting the Midbar Kodesh Temple book club on November 17 to discuss her book “Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What”, the author’s first foray into non-fiction, and there’s still plenty of time to read the book, a lighthearted, in-depth tour of sexuality within the Talmud. Come eavesdrop at the first rabbis' locker-room door as they discuss every aspect of sexual relations how, when, where, with whom - often in startlingly explicit fashion. Anton reveals how Jewish tradition is more progressive in many respects, and more bawdy, than one might think. Maggie Anton is the award-winning author of "Rashi’s Daughters," historical novels

Jerusalem (Jeri) Weiss will be called to the Torah. Mazel tov to the Weiss fam!

Jerusalem (Jeri) Weiss, daughter to Midbar Kodesh Temple members Devra and Dr. Avi Weiss, will be called to the Torah in October. Jeri will be joined in celebration by her brother Shai, her Grandparents Patty Weiss and Rabbi Loel Weiss, and family and friends from as far away as Israel and from at least 15 states, including Nevada! Jeri is granddaughter to the late Jeremy and Marcia Goldberg, of blessed memory. Jeri is a 7th grader at a local private school and a member of that school's swim team. She also holds a black belt in Taekwondo. Jeri enjoys all her subjects in school, is a Harry Potter fan and a member of her school's writing club. She belongs to MKT USY. Jeri is interested i

First Shabbat of the Year!

This coming Shabbat is the first Shabbat of the year. The Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is referred to as Shabbat Shuva, The Shabbat of Return. We read a special haftarah, or prophetic reading which is a combination of the words of Hosea and Micah that speak to the theme of repentance. On Rosh Hashana and on Yom Kippur, one of the piyyutim, liturgical poems, that we chant is the Unetaneh Tokef, with the haunting words, “who will live, who will die, who by fire, who by water, who by sword, and who beast… “ It is a both moving and chilling sentiment. We focus on the metaphor of God sitting in heaven with the Book of Life open. As we pass before God like sheep pass

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