One of the greatest mitzvot we can do for someone is to console them during their time of mourning. At the same time, it can be one of the most difficult mitzvot to carry out. We are often uncomfortable with death and find ourselves at a loss for words or even actions. I came across an article recently that offered some concrete and somewhat out-of-the box suggestions of what we can do for someone after they experience a loss. Some, I had never even thought about before,
Midbar Kodesh Temple proudly housed this year's citywide commemoration of Yom Hashoah in a standing room only event. Midbar joined with the Board of Rabbis of Southern Nevada and community partners JewishNevada, Holocaust Survivors Group, Generations of the Shoah Nevada, The Adelson Educational Campus, Schechter Day School, Israeli American Council and the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center. Robert Fisher, former cantor at Midbar Kodesh Temple, was the Emcee.
Holocaust survivor, Harold Minuskin, born in 1938 in Zhetel, Poland, now part of Belarus, will be this year's guest speaker at the Yom Hashoah tribute being held at Midbar Kodesh Temple on Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. Minuskin was three years old when the Germans invaded his predominately Jewish town with the intent to kill most Jewish citizens. After the “Selection Process,” the Germans confined the remaining Jews into a ghetto. In 1941, Harold and his mother, father and y
Now that Passover is over, we enter the season of Yoms. There are four modern day holidays that have populated our sacred calendar that all take place in the weeks after Pesach. The first is Yom HaShoah u’Gvurah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year Yom HaShoah falls on Sunday Evening/Monday April 23/24. Midbar Kodesh Temple is hosting the community-wide Holocaust Commemoration on April 23rd at 4 PM. We will take the time to remember those who perished at the hands of th
Lev Nisan Sterling, son of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Ryan and Rina Sterling, and brother to Tzofiya, will be called to the Torah at Midbar Kodesh Temple in April. Lev enjoys science, math, and history and excels in his studies with straight A's. He plays drums in the band at a local Henderson middle school and takes private drumming lessons. He often goes on hiking adventures with his dad, and enjoys swimming and rock climbing and is on the climbing team at Origin Climb.
The following is based on some words I shared over the Pesach holiday at minyan. Have we jumped the shark? Jumping the shark is an expression usually reserved for television shows that have reached their limit. It goes back to the moment on Happy Days when it became clear to everyone that the show was done. The episode in question featured the Fonz taking on a dare to do a water ski jump in shark infested waters. From then on, the term jumping the shark was used for the poi
There is a little known custom related to Passover. I say little known because it only affects first-born (traditionally only male, first born) children. It is called the Fast of the First-borns. First-borns are supposed to fast from sunrise until the Passover Seder. The idea behind the fast is that first-borns commemorate their salvation from the tenth plague in which the angel of death travelled through Egypt slaying all the first-born Egyptians. Some say first-borns f
Each spring Midbar Kodesh Temple congregants volunteer to organize meals and activities and stay overnight at the synagogue while the congregation is host to Family Promise. Many of Family Promise families are temporarily homeless because of a job loss or illness and seek temporary housing and meals while actively trying to find jobs and permanent housing. They have no other family resources to draw upon, but with help from religious congregations, who provide temporary spac
The Board of Rabbis of Southern Nevada will host this year's commemoration of Yom Hashoah at Midbar Kodesh Temple on Sunday April 23 at 4 p.m. The Board of Rabbis and the synagogue join together with community partners Jewish Nevada, Holocaust Survivors Group, Generations of the Shoah Nevada, The Adelson Educational Campus, Schechter Day School, Israeli American Council and the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center, which recently relocated to the David L. Simon C