Midbar Kodesh Temple News

September 10, 2020

The Hebrew word for forgiveness is S’licha.  It is the word we use to apologize and ask forgiveness at the same time. This time of year, we should be doing a lot of requesting of forgiveness for the wrongs we have done to others and to God. 

Though the prepara...

September 3, 2020

A little humor for our time.

During this trying pandemic it is often difficult to find a bit of levity and cheer.  My friend and comedian Joel Chasnoff put together this new version of the Vidui/Ashamnu prayer that we recite on Yom Kippur. Enjoy and Shabbat Shalom.

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This week we start the Hebrew month of Elul. Elul is a special month of the calendar. It is the month that leads us into the High Holidays. Around the world the month of Elul is observed in many different ways. In Israel and in many Yeshivot it is called Elul Z’man, or...

As a Jewish community, we are far from monolithic on any subject or topic.  We have Jews representing every spectrum of politics, religion, Israel and culture.  Even issues of social policy divide our community, sometimes violently.  So, when an issue other than anti-S...

We celebrate Shavuot this weekend. It is the second of the three pilgrimage festivals. Originally it was the celebration of the spring harvest. In rabbinic times, a new meaning was added to the holiday: the celebration of the Israelites receiving the Torah at Mount Sin...

 

As the weather heats up and we enter the summer months, our “daily” minyan begins to falter a bit. Many of our regulars start taking vacations to get out of the heat, and we are often left without a quorum.  

I was thinking about this on Thursday morning as we missed t...

 

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Rabbinical Assembly convention. Living in a city that hosts so many industry conventions, it was nice to be able to attend my own. For a host of reasons of which I will spare you the details, I have rarely attended my indu...

 

Today is the twenty third day of the Omer, which makes three weeks and two days of Omer.  In this season we find ourselves in the midst of the command to count the Omer.  The Omer was the sheave of the first barley that was harvested each spring and it was to be broug...

 

Israel turns 68 this week. Think about that for a moment. The modern state of Israel has only been around for sixty-eight years. Many people reading this are old enough that they were listening to the radio broadcast on November 29, 1947 as the UN voted to partition P...

 

The importance of rituals and religious rites in our lives

 

This week we find ourselves reading a section of the Torah that deals with a holiday that takes place at a completely different time of the year. Not unlike when we read the stories of the Exodus in January an...

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