Entries by CAI Rabbi

Vows and Oaths–the Israeli Dream edition

Note: These were my notes for Parshat Mattot-Maasei.  The spoken version rarely coincides with what I wrote, but it should give you an idea of my thought process! וַיְדַבֵּ֤ר מֹשֶׁה֙ אֶל־רָאשֵׁ֣י הַמַּטּ֔וֹת לִבְנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לֵאמֹ֑ר זֶ֣ה הַדָּבָ֔ר אֲשֶׁ֖ר צִוָּ֥ה Hashem׃ Moses spoke to the heads of the Israelite tribes, saying: This is what the LORD […]

As close to us as breathing…

Life is not just ritual. Religion is not only prayer. In order to be connected to our heritage, we must look beyond our four walls. Once a month we read a book. Sometimes they are Jewish authors. Sometimes Jewish content. Sometimes they just strike our fancy and inspire interesting conversation. This month we explored love, […]

Torah everywhere!

Anywhere we go is a place to study Torah. (Well maybe not the bathroom, but almost anywhere! In fact there is a story that the Lubavitcher Rebbe would study his biology homework there, but that's a different conversation. I enjoy supporting our local businesses. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, I can be found at 2Alices Coffee […]

Beautifying our home

We live in an imperfect world.  Too often we see violence, misery, hate, and more depressing images on TV than we can process. Our tradition teaches us that we always commanded to increase holiness.  One way to do that is to make the world a little more beautiful.  A few weeks ago, two members donated […]