Psalm 113

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler Psalm 113 is the first listed in the book of Psalms under the grouping of 6 psalms known as the “Hallel”, special psalms of praise traditionally recited at special seasons of the calendar, most notably, Passover. This psalm lauds Adonai more for Who and What He is, more than for what […]

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Solomon’s Wisdom, Hamas’ Cynical Stupidity

by Jonathan Feldstein Reading about current events and the renewed Gaza demonstration incited by Hamas, I’m reminded of the well known story recounting the wisdom of King Solomon (1 Kings 3:16-28) judging to whom a baby belonged that two women each claimed as theirs. The women came to Solomon to adjudicate their dispute. One of […]

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The Holocaust for the Next Generation

by Jonathan Feldstein It’s safe to say that every year since the Holocaust ended, one could safely say Holocaust commemoration and education has never been more important. That’s especially in the past generation as survivors, whose first hand testimony to the unspeakable horrors they suffered, during which six million Jews were murdered, age and die. […]

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Liberating Thoughts about the Holocaust

by Jonathan Feldstein 73 years ago this week, three young men who were neighbors of my family, borrowed weapons from Soviet troops occupying post-war Poland, and returned to their home town to escort the remaining Jews out of Kanczuga for the last time. The three young men had survived the war that ended three months […]

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Passing Over At Passover

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler After a tenure of 4 centuries of slavery in Egypt, the time finally came for Israel’s deliverance. Adonai had told Avram during the reaffirmation of His covenant in Genesis 15, that “your seed will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and they will be enslaved and oppressed 400 […]

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Psalm 118

by Rabbi Jeffrey A. Adler “Hodu l’Adonai ki-tov ki l’olam chasdo!”. “Praise Adonai, for He is good, for His lovingkindness endures forever.” So begins the last of the canonical psalms of the grouping called “Hallel”, or “praise”. While all the psalms have some element of praise, these (Psalms 113-118) are specifically recited at the special […]

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Psalm 117

by Rabbi Jeffrey A. Adler Psalm 117, besides being the shortest chapter in the Bible, is another of that special collection of the Psalms known as the “Hallel Psalms”, praise psalms read/recited at special seasons of the Biblical/ Jewish calendar, most notably, Passover. “Hallel” means “praise”, which is the main theme of these great psalms, […]

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The Ghost of Purim and the Prince of Persia

by Avner Boskey The Ghost of Purim and the Prince of Persia  The Feast of Purim is about to roar into town! Those who love the Scriptures will meditate once again on the Jewish-Persian Scroll of Esther – remembering the agony and the ecstasy of how the Jewish people were nearly destroyed by an evil […]

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Rain: A Blessing and A Curse

by Jonathan Feldstein We live in a very modern world so much so that the mere ability to read this article is the result of a sophisticated electric grid, an internet that’s turned the world into a virtual community, and any number of devices on which this can be read. Innovation and technology has abounded […]

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Psalm 116

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler “I love Adonai, for He hears my voice, my cries. Because He has turned His ear to me, I will call on Him all my days.” So begins Psalm 116, one of the Hallel Psalms, that powerful collection of Psalms 114-118 traditionally cited at special seasons of the calendar, most notably […]

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