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From the Rabbi’s Desk

The Power of Words

Posted on February 8, 2024

When I graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007, I was one of only a few Jews in that year’s matriculating class. The student speaker that day was not Jewish, but what she said was a credit to Jews everywhere. Growing up, she stated, she’d never met a Jewish person, yet she’d been raised to Continue Reading »

When Faith is Stronger than Fear

Posted on January 5, 2024

We currently live in a world that is plagued by fear. Current events both nationally and internationally have us watching and reading about brutally violent occurrences, and the Anti-Semitism that has infiltrated both college campuses and the populace at large have many Jews afraid to display their religion openly. Though caution and pragmatism is certainly Continue Reading »

Hanukkah Greeting 2023

Posted on December 7, 2023

Dear Friends, More than 2,000 years ago, the Jewish people led a revolt against oppressors who forbade them to pray, study the Torah, or observe their religious customs. Led by Judah Maccabee and fueled by their faith, their small army triumphed over tyranny.  Consequently, on Thursday evening, December 7th, Jewish people around the world will Continue Reading »

Money Can be a Blessing or a Curse

Posted on November 27, 2023

The book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which the Jewish people read during the festival of Sukkot, is seen by many to be a book of contradictions. In actuality, it’s a book that delves deep into the psychology of human behavior and encourages goodness, wisdom, compassion and good sense. The words of Kohelet are read right after Continue Reading »

Effective Communication

Posted on October 12, 2023

Words have the power to be an instrument of peace—or to cut like a knife. There are many incidents in the Bible that illustrate the power of speech to either damage or heal. The serpent in the Garden of Eden causes temptation through speech; Miriam develops leprosy after speaking lashon hara – gossip – about her Continue Reading »

Rosh Hashanah Message

Posted on September 14, 2023

In just a few days, on the Jewish New Year known as Rosh Hashanah, the blast of the shofar will be heard. The High Holidays are a time that we Jews gather in prayer and concentrate on introspection. They are a time in which we give thanks for the ways we have been blessed and Continue Reading »

Artificial Intelligence and the Jewish Perspective

Posted on August 23, 2023

It’s been a well established fact that human beings are the smartest creatures on earth – so smart, in fact, that they have now created an apparatus that’s just as smart as themselves. Computers that emit artificial intelligence (AI) have been in the works for a few years now, but they have gotten really refined Continue Reading »

Tishah B’Av- Everlasting Lessons from Our Scars

Posted on July 26, 2023

There was once a young woman who fell in a pit while visiting the Judea Valley in Israel. Miraculously, she survived the fall, but needed about 100 stitches to repair her wounds. When asked why she didn’t consider reconstructive surgery, she said she preferred to remain scarred, as a lucid self-reminder that she was living Continue Reading »

Guard your tongue!

Posted on June 29, 2023

When Abraham Lincoln ran for Congress in 1848, he first listened to his opponent, Stephen A. Douglas, who, as the keynote speaker, spoke for nearly 90 minutes. Then it was Lincoln’s turn. He spoke for only one minute, saying simply: “Until now I always suspected that my opponent was a fool. Now, he has confirmed Continue Reading »

What is the Festival of Shavuot?

Posted on May 25, 2023

As over three million people congregated at the foot of Mount Sinai, after forty years of trudging through the desert, the defining moment in Jewish history occurred. Through dust and clouds, The Creator’s voice emanated across the masses and transmitted the ten commandments. With great seriousness, each person who bore witness to this grand mass Continue Reading »