As we delve deeper in the winter abyss, and continue to notice the shortened daylight and prolonged darkness, we are blessed with a holiday of hope. Just when we think the darkness of the season is taking over, we pull out the Menorah and light the candles to add brightness and warmth to our nights. Whatever we believe about the history and miracle of Hanukkah, one thing is clear: it is about bringing light to darkness. It is about recognizing that we have some control over o
“I am unworthy of all the kindness that You have so steadfastly shown Your servant…Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau “. Exodus 23:11-12 In each and every one of our lives we have much for which to be thankful. Things might be difficult for us at the moment, economically or socially, physically or spiritually, but if we step back even from our darkest moments we realize that we are blessed with a good life that many through history would en
Hello, Midbar Kodesh Temple! We are Avi and Laura Moas. Laura is a third year pediatrics resident at UNLV School of Medicine with plans to stay in town next year working as a pediatric hospitalist, and Avi runs a construction and remodeling company here in the valley. We are thrilled to become a part of the Midbar Kodesh Temple family and cannot wait to get to know more of you throughout the next few years.
Hello, Midbar Kodesh Temple! We are Sharon, Naama and Michael Ben Kessous. Sharon runs his own small family business in web Design and marketing. Naama is a second grade teacher at Lamping Elementary School. Michael (18 months) is starting at the Midbar Kodesh Early Childhood Center, and just became a big brother! We are looking forward to being an active part of the community. We are excited for our boys to be surrounded by great educators and friends.
Midbar Kodesh Temple's monthly book club features selections of contemporary, award winning writings, that appeal to all generations. Please share this info with others who would enjoy participating. Stop in once, or become a regular. Everyone is invited. No charge. Filled with fascinating details about the art world and colorful real-life characters, "The Bridal Chair," by Gloria Goldreich, is brimming with historic personalities from Europe, America and Israel and is a stun
Over the past couple of years, we have had the pleasure of hosting a young emissary, or shinshinim, from Israel at our congregation. The emissaries have been part of the Sh’nat Sherot program in which Israeli teens who have just finished high school take a year off before being drafted into the army and do service. In this case they serve as mini-ambassadors. You may have had the opportunity to meet Eyal Dagan or Raz Calimi, our two previous shinshinim. This year I am pleased
People are always asking me for accessible tools for studying Torah. There is a wonderful project currently on line called simply 929. It is named for the number of chapters in the Bible from Genesis through Chronicles. It is part of an effort to get people to study a chapter a day of Tanakh, Bible. This summer, the first cycle ended and a new one began. Dozens of rabbis, Biblical scholars and educators from all walks of Jewish life have been submitting teachings and commenta
One of our worst nightmares has come true. I think every rabbi I know has had a nightmare that someone might show up with a gun to the synagogue on a Shabbat or holiday morning. We have feared someone showing up to perpetrate evil for the sake of hate. We scorn the idea of having a military-like presence outside our doors like may synagogues in Europe. It goes against our image of a safe and secure United States. Like so many other churches and mosques, we want to throw our d