Cloaks of Light

Parshas Vayeishev – Erev Chanukah The Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 2:4) records cryptically how the Greeks decreed upon the Jews to “inscribe on the horn of the ox that you have no portion in the G-d of Israel.” Different understandings of this decree have been...

What We Prayed For

  Dvar Torah Toldos What We Prayed For Rabbi Moshe Hauer Riding in an Israeli cab recently, I was making small talk with the driver and inquired as to his family history. He told me that his grandparents had come to Israel from “Persia” in 1950. I shared that I...

A Nation of Sons and Daughters

Each week in our shul, we pray for Israeli soldiers missing in action and assumed held by enemy forces.  We have been praying for these young men each Shabbos for many years, praying for them to be restored to their families.  The list that we use has names that have...

The Strength of a Promise

Avraham has an interrupted journey when he follows G-d’s command.  He is instructed to travel to Eretz Yisrael with the promise that he would receive every form of blessing, yet shortly after his arrival there famine strikes, causing him to leave for Egypt. ...

Shabbat- Building Our Future

There are only two rituals in Jewish life – Brit Milah (circumcision) and Shabbat – that the Torah describes using the terms Os, Bris v’Doros, a sign and a covenant for the generations (TB Shabbos 131b). The Brit Milah clearly symbolizes generational...