Yom Kippur sermonette Embracing Earth – by Miriam Belov

In the 1st paragraph  of Unetanneh Tokef it is stated “”Let us now relate the power of this day’s holiness, for it is awesome and frightening. On it Your Kingship will be exalted; Your throne will be firmed with kindness and You will sit upon it in truth. It is true that You alone are the One […]

Shofarot – by Treasure Cohen

It may come as a surprise to you, after the many hours you have spent over the years sitting in services for Rosh Hashana, that the Torah proscribes only 2 things you need to do to observe this holy day— 1) you should not work; and 2) you should hear the sounds of the shofar. […]


SEEING GOD’S CREATIVE POWER IN THE ECLIPSE Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 2017 | Lenny Levin Chag sameach. If we were celebrating Rosh Hashanah in Second Temple or Mishnaic times, 1900 or 2000 years ago, the day for the holiday would have been set by a rabbinic court accepting the testimony of witnesses who had seen the first […]

The Shofar – by Natasha Cooper-Benisty

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon or Maimononides offers an explanation of why we blow the shofar.  It is interesting that there was a need by the Rabbis to explain this mitzvah since many of the 613 mitzvot are regarded by our sages as commandments not to be interpreted. Rather they are accepted as actions we need […]

KOL RINA Presents an Afternoon of Middle Eastern Music!

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:00PM at Kol Rina 60 Valley Street, South Orange, NJ (behind 7-11, enter from First St.) Join vocalist and South Orange native Eliana “Hazzanista” Kissner, pianist, Nicki Adams, and Peter Manheim, percussionist, for an afternoon of multicultural Middle Eastern music Space is limited. For event and payment information and to RSVP […]

Dvar Torah for Behar — Len Levin

Parashat Behar Rabbi Len Levin  All Persons Free under God   “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Leviticus 25:10, inscription on the Liberty Bell) “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is Mine, for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.” (Leviticus 25:23, motto of the Jewish […]

Dvar Torah for Korah — Len Levin

Dvar Torah for Parashat Korah Rabbi Len Levin The Question of Freedom “For the congregation are all holy, and Adonai is among them; and why do you exalt yourselves over the congregation of Adonai?” (argument of Korah, Numbers 16:3) “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are […]

Ten Commandments for Our Day — Willa Bruckner

Ten Commandments for Our Day A D’var Torah for Parsha Yitro January 18, 2014 | By Willa Bruckner The older I get, the more I am troubled by the G-d we experience in this part of the Bible — a G-d predisposed to shows of power and might that challenge and instill fear in people.  We’ve […]

On the Orthodox Get-Coercion Controversy: By Rabbi Chana Thompson Shor

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GET ISSUE BY RABBI CHANA THOMPSON SHOR NOTE:  THIS POST IS COPIED BY PERMISSION FROM A POSTING OF RABBI CHANA THOMPSON SHOR of FOREST HILLS JEWISH CENTER [] I’ve been following comments on the “vigilantes for hire”, who for a price would beat up a recalcitrant husband…  One outrageous thing leads […]