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Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)..I am SO Angry I Could………..

This week we meet one of Torah’s more challenging and interesting portions. Pinchas speaks to issues of transition (Moses to Joshua), ritual issues and is most famour for the discussion on inheritance; a discussion that features [Read more…]

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Pirke Avot Shavuot Study: “Strive To Be A Human Being”

Shavuot greets us next week. (erev is May 28). We celebrate the 10 Commandments, Confirmation in many congregations and for this final Pirke Avot passage, we turn to a line from Chapter 2 of the collection [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Shabbat Pesach: Broken Tablets, Broken Souls, Second Chances

The readings for this Shabbat are filled with drama and powerful images. Exodus 33:12-34:26 forms the reading for this Shabbat morning and an assigned Haftorah is drawn from Ezekiel 37:1-14. Our Torah portion reflects upon [Read more…]

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Reflections on Aging

The Growing Epidemic of Suicide in America

New contributor Rabbi Daniel Syme calls for increased attention to the growing suicide epidemic in America, particularly among baby boomers and the newly old. [Read more…]

Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

SOM Pod: Caring Transitions of South Jersey, with Doug and Bari Wachs

On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, the guests are Doug and Bari Wachs, who own Caring Transitions of South Jersey, which helps families organize downsizing, decluttering and relocation transitions for seniors. Read more [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Pinchas: Take Some Time…Take Some Joy

Pinchas combines a variety of issues in this week’s portion. One of the most interesting aspects of the portion is the case of the Daughters of Zelophehad. Their father died with no sons to leave [Read more…]


Ki Tavo: Do Not Forget Where You Came From

What a Torah portion this week!Ki Tavo, which begins in Deuteronomy 26, is filled with a series of blessings and curses. Just a glance at chapters 27 and 28 is enough to get anyone’s attention. [Read more…]

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“Try To Remember…..”: Words and Faces and …!

Do you remember the play The Fantasticks? I have seen it a few times and the song that begins “Try to remember” has always stayed with me. I seem to reflect on it several times [Read more…]