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A New View from the Pew: A Letter from Rabbi Cooper

08/05/2022 12:29:33 PM

Aug5

Dear Friends,

Several weeks ago, in our weekly Torah reading, we read of the Prophet Balaam. Despite the fact that he was not Jewish, the Torah recognizes Balaam as a legitimate Prophet, with the power of pronouncing blessings and curses. When asked by the Moabite King Balak to curse the Israelites, the Prophet responds by informing the King that his pronouncement of blessings and curses are descriptive and, perhaps, predictive but...Read more...

Offering a Cool Breeze

07/20/2022 02:17:30 PM

Jul20

כְּצִנַּת־שֶׁ֨לֶג ׀ בְּי֬וֹם קָצִ֗יר צִ֣יר נֶ֭אֱמָן לְשֹׁלְחָ֑יו וְנֶ֖פֶשׁ אֲדֹנָ֣יו יָשִֽׁיב׃ {פ}

Like the coldness of snow at harvesttime, Is a trusty messenger to those who send him; He lifts his master’s spirits.

Proverbs 25:13

Friends,

We all need our community at...Read more...

Thoughts After Highland Park

07/07/2022 03:45:03 PM

Jul7

July 7, 2022

Dear Friends,

“Choose Life.” These words from the Book Of Deuteronomy are an apt, two-word encapsulation of the central message of the Torah. In expounding on these words, we tend to focus on the second word: Life. But a mandate to choose life, as opposed to death, is hardly profound. I suggest, therefore that we focus on the first word, on the notion of choice.

In the Garden of Eden, in a world of...Read more...

Welcome and Thank You

07/05/2022 04:48:16 PM

Jul5

Shalom Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El Family,

We have been in Wynnewood for less than a week but I can already tell this community takes the mitzvah of welcoming guests seriously. Maimonides says that “hospitality towards guests is greater than receiving God’s presence” and as my family moves in you have helped us understand this through your help and support.

The mitzvah originates, according to the Talmud, with...Read more...

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