Posts Tagged ‘God’

two men praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

New Course Invites Community To ‘Wrestle With Faith’

This October, Rabbi Levi Dubov of the Chabad Jewish Center of Bloomfield Hills will offer “Wrestling with Faith,” a new six-session course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) that openly addresses common challenges people have in their relationship with God and Judaism. “Just about everyone has some degree of skepticism when it comes to…

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Parshat Nitzavim

Weekly Torah Portion – We Are All In This Together

Parshat Nitzavim: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20; Isaiah 61:10-68:9. Parshat Nitzavim is one of my favorite Torah readings of the entire year: 1) because it contains so much meaningful information that demands reflection in a compact space and 2) because its emphasis on “return,” with its repeated use of the root “shuv,” is the perfect introduction to the…

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Adam and Eve had two sons. They named them Cain, the oldest, and Abel. When the boys grew up, Abel became a shepherd and Cain became a farmer. One day the two sons brought sacrifices (gifts) to the Lord. Cain’s offering was something he had grown. Abel’s was a lamb. The Lord was pleased with Abel’s offering. But he was not pleased with Cain’s. This made Cain very angry. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you so angry? If you had done the right thing, I would have been pleased with you as well. Sin is trying to get the best of you, be careful!” Cain paid no attention to the warning of the Lord. One day while Cain and Abel were out in the fields, Cain attacked Abel and killed him. The Lord said to Cain, “Where is your bother Abel?” “How should I know?” Cain replied angrily. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” But the Lord said, “Cain, I know you have murdered your brother. Because of that you will not be able to get the ground to grow anything. You will be a homeless wanderer!” Cain cried, “This punishment is too much! I won’t be able to stand it. I have to go away from this land and from you—whoever sees me will kill me!” So the Lord put a mark on Cain so no one would kill him. Then Cain went away and lived in the land of Nod, which means “Wandering.” Thus Cain was punished for his sin. After Cain killed his brother and was sent away, Adam and Eve had many other children.

Weekly Torah Portion – The Ultimate Redemption

Parshat Chukat: Numbers 19:1-22:1; Judges 11:1-33. One of the most profound mysteries of the Bible is the rite of the red heifer, called a chok (statute) because it belongs to the group of Divine decrees that human logic cannot penetrate. We must be mindful of the fact that all other impurities other than a death…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Building Trust

Parshat Naso: Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25. Jealousy — it is the “jaundice of the soul” as Dryden said. It is “a monster begot upon itself, born on itself” as Shakespeare proclaimed. The Hebrew word for jealousy is Kin’ah — and in this week’s Torah portion, we see the disastrous effects of what jealousy or suspicion…

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We Have a Problem — Israel

As exquisitely expressed in the Torah, Israel has inextricably been integral to who we are and why we exist. There is a direct and clear connection between the land, God and how we should act. This can be found in texts from the Book of Genesis to the writings of Roman Empire historian Josephus to…

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Time, Memory, Marriage

Author Dani Shapiro discusses her latest memoir, a searing look at life, love — and marriage. The life of memoirist and novelist Dani Shapiro is pretty much an open book. Exploring her responses to events both profound and mundane, Shapiro has written the best-selling memoirs Still Writing, Devotion and Slow Motion, and only last month…

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Congregation B’nai Moshe Rabbi Shalom Kantor and PB & J teens at AIPAC

After The B’nai Mitzvah

PB & J Teens at B’nai Moshe continue building their Jewish identities. Today’s teens are inundated by “shoulds” — all the things they “should” be doing. These include constant academic pressure to excel, programs to build their “resume” for college and navigating the dynamics of our modern world. When do they get the opportunity to…

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The Laws Of Impurity. Torah Portion. Parshat Tazora/Metzora: Leviticus 12:1-15:33; II Kings 7:3-20.

Weekly Torah Portion – The Laws Of Impurity

Parshat Tazora/Metzora: Leviticus 12:1-15:33; II Kings 7:3-20. As we open the Torah this week, we find ourselves reading the double portion of Tazria-Metzora. As the natural continuation of last week’s animal purity laws, Tazria-Metzora continues describing the laws of impurity for humans and our surroundings and then provides the path toward a return to a…

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child counting fingers to show in the census that everyone counts

Everyone Counts

The Constitution requires that a census be performed every 10 years to determine how hundreds of billions in federal dollars are spent each year, reallocate representative seats by population and, of course, collect and share accurate statistical data about persons living in the United States. The 2020 census participation and the accuracy of its data…

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