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A Liturgical Change at Temple Sinai

Tonight I want to share with you a liturgical change that is taking place in the Reform movement and here at Temple Sinai. The Mourners’ Kaddish is one of our most cherished prayers, a prayer that gives us great comfort. … Continue reading

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Remembering Pastor Mac

When The Rev. Dr. Murdoch MacPherson, the senior pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence, unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, August 13, the Jewish people and Temple Sinai lost a great friend. Pastor Mac and I became dear friends … Continue reading

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Like So Many Jewish Generations Before You

On Sunday morning, August 6, Temple Emanuel removed its Torah scrolls from the ark. Please read the remarks I offered at this sad and mournful occasion. My dear friends I just returned on Friday afternoon from a 12 day congregational … Continue reading

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What Does It Really Mean to Observe Passover?

What does it really mean to observe Passover? The answer is obvious. Observing Passover means to attend one or two seders. Observing Passover means to refrain from eating bread, pasta, and all the other foods prepared with the five prohibited … Continue reading

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What Does it Really Mean to Celebrate Chanukkah?

Ever since the mid-2nd century before the common era, the menorah has been Judaism’s premier symbol of hope. The reason is clear. The menorah’s light banishes winter’s darkness. The ritual of kindling one additional candle every night increases the light. … Continue reading

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“FIRE DOES NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN JEWS AND ARABS

In case you didn’t know, the people of northern Israel suffered much trauma from 480 forest fires that burned for six days last week, forcing the evacuation from Haifa, Israel’s 3rd largest city, of 60,000+ people. Thankfully, no lives were … Continue reading

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Healing Our Country

No matter our politics, no matter who we voted for as president, now we must all work together to heal the divides in our country. What this election brought to light is that bigotry persists in our country. Sadly, it … Continue reading

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