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Thanksgiving Thoughts - Thanksgiving 2020 / 5781

11/25/2020 09:36:21 AM

Nov25

Dear Friends,

A curious passage, found in the Talmud, says the following:

Ben Zoma used to say: what does a good guest say? How much trouble has my host gone to for me! How much meat he set before me! How much wine has he brought me! How many cakes he served me and all the trouble he has gone to for my sake.

But what does a bad guest say? What kind of effort did the host make for me: I have eaten only one slice of...Read more...

Letter to the Congregation on Anti-Semitism

11/18/2020 05:35:58 PM

Nov18

November 16, 2020 / 29 Heshvan 5781

Dear Friends,

The JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council), on whose Board I sit, works on behalf of Jewish interests and issues throughout our region, in Israel and around the world, keeping our community aware of threats, tensions, challenges and legislation which affect the Jewish Community.  Of late, the...Read more...

Stand Back and Stand By

09/30/2020 07:00:52 PM

Sep30

September 30, 2020 / 12 Tishre 5781

Dear Friends,

On Monday evening, at the end of Yom Kippur, families gathered outside our synagogue to recite prayers of contrition and confession. The Ne’ila Service of Yom Kippur is a final opportunity for us to offer our prayers, to commit to change and to savor the beautiful purity of the day and to begin a New Year cleansed of those things which have spiritually weighed us down. 24...Read more...

Preparing for the High Holidays: Creating Holy and Sacred Space

09/09/2020 05:47:05 PM

Sep9

September 9, 2020 /20 Elul 5780

Dear Friends,

What makes a place holy?

When one visits Israel and tours the area of the Kotel / Western Wall, the guide will invariably identify the place in the Rabbinic Tunnels as they are called, which is closest to the location of the Holy of Holies, the inner most sanctum of what was the...Read more...

The Sounds of Silence: Preparing for the High Holidays (Letter # 2 of 3)

08/31/2020 04:54:20 PM

Aug31

August 31, 2020 / 11 Elul 5780

 

Dear Friends,

There is a question whose answer has been debated over the course of centuries. The question is: What did the Children of Israel hear when they stood at Mount Sinai to receive the Torah? The Midrash waxes eloquently, presenting a variety of views.
 

Some say they heard only the first two of the Ten Commandments. After that,...Read more...

Preparing for the High Holidays “COVID-19 Style”

08/19/2020 07:24:38 PM

Aug19

Preparing for the High Holidays “COVID-19 Style”
August 19, 2020 / 29 Av 5780
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Dear Friends,

The Hebrew month of Elul, theRead more...

Preparing for the High Holidays “COVID-19 Style”

08/19/2020 07:00:35 PM

Aug19

Preparing for the High Holidays “COVID-19 Style”
August 19, 2020 / 29 Av 5780
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Dear Friends,

The Hebrew month of Elul, theRead more...

From Rabbi's Study

07/30/2020 12:59:49 PM

Jul30

The Zen of My Garden
July 28, 2020 / 8 Av 5780
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Dear Friends,

As I was growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, cutting the gRead more...

Letter to the Congregation re. Montgomery County Commissioner, Joe Gale

06/15/2020 01:04:08 PM

Jun15

Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El
1001 Remington Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096
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A follow-up to my recent letter...

06/03/2020 04:32:25 PM

Jun3

Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El
1001 Remington Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096
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Reflections on the Riots: In Memory of George Floyd,z”l

06/02/2020 03:17:23 PM

Jun2

June 2, 2020 / 10 Sivan 5780
 

Dear Friends,


I was a kid, 14 years old, growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, when Detroit burned.  The riots of 1967 were violent and resulted in more destruction and death than had been seen in the US since the Civil War.  I remember that long, hot summer day at the end of July, going to my friend’s home and seeing his father, sitting in the living room alone, his head...Read more...

World Zionist Organization Elections

02/28/2020 11:14:24 AM

Feb28

Dear Friends,

One might surmise that the current political climate in this country and the nationally televised debates might lure us into thinking that the only election matters in which we should be interested will take place in November.  Not so!  There is another election taking place soon about which we should also be interested and concerned.   On March 11, registration and voting...Read more...

Elul Reflections #3

09/25/2019 01:23:18 PM

Sep25

Throughout the month, we will be sending out emails to help our community prepare. The emails will each include a special melody selected by the HazzaRead more...

Elul Reflections #2

09/19/2019 07:54:48 AM

Sep19

Throughout the month, we will be sending out emails to help our community prepare. The emails will each include a special melody selected by the HazzaRead more...

A Letter From Israel

08/06/2019 01:00:55 PM

Aug6

August 6, 2019 / 5 Av 5780

Dear Friends,

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Letting a Good Theory Get in the Way of the Facts

12/10/2018 03:04:33 PM

Dec10

December 10, 2018 / 2 Tevet 5779

 

Dear Friends,

 

Emotions...Read more...

A Chanukkah Message from Rabbi Cooper

11/28/2018 05:51:24 PM

Nov28

A Chanukkah Message from Rabbi Cooper

 

November 29, 2018 / 21 Kislev 5779

Dear Friends,

On Sunday night, we shall usher in the joyous festival of Chanukkah.  At the darkest time of the year, we light the Chanukkah candles each night as we tell stories, gather with friends and enjoy the traditional jelly-filled doughnuts,  sufganiot, (indulging more than we should, while using...Read more...

The Book of Remembrance and a word about this week's Shabbat

08/03/2018 10:14:32 AM

Aug3

Dear Friends,

As we contemplate the meanings and messages of the upcoming High Holiday season, we reflect on the blessings in our lives.  We take note of our many gifts.  We enjoy good health, a modicum of prosperity and the good fortune to live in a country that cherishes and protects the many forms of freedom that characterize our society.  The High Holidays push us to the realization that...Read more...

Children Taken from Parents

06/28/2018 01:07:22 PM

Jun28

June 28, 2018 /15 Tammuz 5778

 

Why Do We Go to Yad Vashem?

 

Dear Friends,

I write to you from Israel, toward the end of our 11-day synagogue trip. Like most Israel excursions, our itinerary has been rich and full. An itinerary, however, is not complete without a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust. Our visit to Yad Vashem on Monday nearly...Read more...

Thoughts Upon Leaving Auschwitz – Part 2

07/20/2017 11:06:13 AM

Jul20

July 20, 2017 / 26 Tammuz 5777

 

Thoughts Upon Leaving Auschwitz – Part 2

 

Dear Friends,

Today the Polish government oversees the administration and supervision of Auschwitz and Birkenau. It is estimated that there are a million people who visit these camps each year. Our synagogue group left our hotel in Krakow at 6:30 am to avoid crowds. Following our six-hour visit...Read more...

Thoughts Upon Leaving Auschwitz

07/06/2017 10:03:48 AM

Jul6

July 6, 2017 / 12 Tammuz 5777

Thoughts Upon Leaving Auschwitz

Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, a group of seventeen members of our community traveled together for nine...Read more...

A Guest at our Own Party

06/29/2017 02:36:03 PM

Jun29

June 28, 2017 / Tammuz 3 5777

Dear Friends,

We have just completed an amazing congregational trip to Eastern Europe and I will be writing about that soon. In the meantime, however, developments in Israel cannot be set aside. Therefore, at this time, I will share my thoughts about Israel and I will be in touch with you later with some...Read more...

Sun, November 29 2020 13 Kislev 5781