Midbar Kodesh Temple News

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...