What Can I Control? Reflections on Pittsburgh and Ourselves

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D’var Torah by Rabbi Aaron Weininger November 3, 2018—25 Cheshvan 5779 Etz hayim he l’mahazikim bah v’tomkheha me’ushar…“It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and all who hold onto it are blessed. Its ways are pleasant, and all its paths are peace.” Each time we return the Torah to the ark, […]

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#MeToo

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Rabbi Kravitz has added a postscript to his Yom Kippur Sermon on #MeToo that he invites you to consider at the conclusion of his sermon.  D’var Torah by Rabbi Harold Kravitz Yom Kippur—September 19, 2018 One of the difficult things we have been confronting the last few years, in almost daily revelations, have been public […]

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Deep Community

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D’var Torah by Rabbi Harold J. Kravitz Rosh Hashanah, Day 1—September 10, 2018The last year and a half has been an emotional roller coaster for our family. I lost my mom Mildred last year and was saying Kaddish until May. In late June Cindy’s dad Irv died, so this year she is saying Kaddish. It […]

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I Remember Where I Was When…

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D’var Torah by Rabbi Aaron Weininger Rosh Hashanah Day 2—September 11, 2018 I remember where I was when… For many here it may be, “I remember where I was when the Halloween Blizzard hit.” Or, “I remember where I was when the Twins last won the World Series.” Both date back to 1991. Sorry Twins […]

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Talking about Israel: Justice. Self-Preservation. Compromise.

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Rosh Hashanah Sermon – 1 Tishrei 5779 – Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, MN – Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker Two old Jews were sitting on a park bench, friends for many years. One looks at the other and says, “Oy”. The other looks back and says, “Oy”. The other replies, “Oy”, to which the response […]

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A Recipe for Hope

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Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon – 1 Tishrei 5779 – Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, MN – Rabbi Esther Adler Two Jewish friends who haven’t seen each other in a while are catching up. “So, Nu?  How are you?” “How should I be? And you?” “Would it do any good to complain?” Why do Jews always […]

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