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A Cave and a Lie

The Torah portion for this week is Chayei Sarah which, although it translates into the “Life of Sarah” really records her death and burial at the Cave of Machpela.  In this portion, Abraham buys the cave from Ephron the Hittite.  The negotiations are concluded for 400 shekels of silver (a huge price, by the way) [...]

By | November 3rd, 2015|Rabbi Cy's Blog, TBM Blog|0 Comments

Abraham’s Seeds

(A very neat painting of Abram and the Three Angels by  Josse Lieferinxe between 1493–1503/08)   In the Torah portion for this week, we see one of the most interesting encounters in Abram’s life.  The text tell us, וַיֵּרָ֤א אֵלָיו֙ יְהוָ֔ה בְּאֵלֹנֵ֖י מַמְרֵ֑א וְה֛וּא יֹשֵׁ֥ב פֶּֽתַח־הָאֹ֖הֶל כְּחֹ֥ם הַיּֽוֹם׃  2 וַיִּשָּׂ֤א עֵינָיו֙ וַיַּ֔רְא וְהִנֵּה֙ שְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה אֲנָשִׁ֔ים נִצָּבִ֖ים [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|Rabbi Cy's Blog, TBM Blog|0 Comments

Little Lower Than the Angels

Lech-Lecha is  one of those Torah portions that is so filled with goodies, it boggles the mind – but in a good way.  Having said that, I want to share with you a small offering and commentary. The text says, וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־הָאָ֖רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַרְאֶֽךָּ׃   The LORD said [...]

By | October 21st, 2015|Rabbi Cy's Blog, TBM Blog|0 Comments

2001:A Space Odyssey and Noah

For about the 97th time, I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey – (one of the true gifts of monolith was, I am convinced, Netflix!)  Every time I watch the movie I get something else out of it.  Now that the story of Noah is here, I have yet another, more Jewish, insight. You have probably [...]

By | October 12th, 2015|Rabbi Cy's Blog, TBM Blog|0 Comments

What Do I Do with the Creation Story?

I have two parts of my brain.   But I am not talking about the right brain/left brain thing.  I am talking about the religious/scientific dichotomy.  And every year when we get to the stories of Genesis, that dichotomy is very much on my mind. I am a science freak.  I love science.  I always have. [...]

By | October 7th, 2015|Rabbi Cy's Blog, TBM Blog|0 Comments

The Reminding Etrog

One of the interesting things about the Festival of Sukkot is the strangest of all fruits, the etrog.  Most people would not think of using it for anything other than for decoration.  It is hard to cook with, extremely sour and very, very tough to peel.  So why did Jewish tradition choose the etrog of [...]

By | September 29th, 2015|Rabbi Cy's Blog, TBM Blog|0 Comments

Book of Remembrance 2016

      So as long as we live they too shall live for they   By MADLYN and JAMES AARON Daniel Lorber                                 father Dolores Lorber                               mother Barbara Heimlich Aaron                mother Leslie B. Aaron                              father Samuel Rettig                                  grandfather Beatrice Rettig                                grandmother Luba Aaron                                     grandmother Samuel M. Heimlich                      grandfather Theresa Heimlich                           grandmother Max Aaron                                      uncle Freda [...]

By | July 28th, 2015|TBM Blog|0 Comments

Heimlich Aaron Essays 2015

By | May 8th, 2015|TBM Blog|0 Comments

Sisterhood Kugel and Brisket Cookoff!

 

By | December 22nd, 2014|TBM Blog|0 Comments

Minyan Training

Learn to lead a minyan Rabbi Stanway to lead training session One of the great mitzvot is bringing comfort to the mourner. One way we do this is by bringing the temple to them in times of sorrow during shiva for a loved one who has died. The minyan is an important part of that [...]

By | November 14th, 2014|TBM Blog|0 Comments