Embassy Questions

The President's choice to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is now a reality.  Twenty years ago it was voted affirmatively by Congress but every 6 months, the then-President could postpone the move for 6 months.  This postponing took place some 40 times. Why all the postponing?  Simply because there were constant [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:08:10+00:00December 6th, 2017|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

We’re Next

December 1, 2017 Allow me to share a passage from Pirke Avot: ' Pray for the integrity of the government; for were it not for the fear of its authority, a man would swallow his neighbor alive.'  The government that existed when this was written was the Roman empire and the author of this perek was [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:08:12+00:00December 1st, 2017|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

A Thank You From Rabbi Stanway

  For the second time, the people of Temple Beth Miriam have supported me while I mourned the death of a parent.  Your presence at minyan and in our home throughout the week brought comfort and warmth to my family and I thank you from the innermost part of my being.  Your cards, calls, emails, [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:08:14+00:00November 16th, 2016|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

What God Creates

As we begin the Torah anew with the book of Genesis inevitable questions arise.  With all of the tzoris and misery in the world the most fundamental question is, 'Why did God create the world in the first place?'  Remember, this is not a scientific question but a reflective one.  The Talmud answers this question [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:08:16+00:00October 27th, 2016|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

Ewwwwwww

One of the 'impossible to teach moments' for any rabbinic student is what to say to a parent or a kid who has the Torah portion for this week.  It is filled with all sorts of gross stuff.  It is heavily into the 'ewwwwww' factor.  Let's see we start off with a woman who is [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:08:17+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

The In/Visible God

There is a beautiful passage in this week’s Torah portion that reads like this: וַיִּקַּ֥ח מֹשֶׁ֛ה אֶת־עַצְמ֥וֹת יוֹסֵ֖ף עִמּ֑וֹ כִּי֩ הַשְׁבֵּ֙עַ הִשְׁבִּ֜יעַ אֶת־בְּנֵ֤י יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר פָּקֹ֙ד יִפְקֹ֤ד אֱלֹהִים֙ אֶתְכֶ֔ם וְהַעֲלִיתֶ֧ם אֶת־עַצְמֹתַ֛י מִזֶּ֖ה אִתְּכֶֽם׃ " And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph, who had exacted an oath from the children of Israel, saying, "God will [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:08:17+00:00January 21st, 2016|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

Joseph’s Novel – our story

Every novel has a climax. In what can only be called the first Jewish novel, the story of Jacob and Joseph comes to its climax in this week’s portion.  Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers, freed by Pharoah, elevated to a position of power because of his ability to interpret dreams and now a [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:08:19+00:00December 17th, 2015|Rabbi Cy's Blog, TBM Blog|0 Comments

Hannukah Fire

When the Greek Seleucids prohibited the practice of Judaism in the Land of Israel it was one of the many turning points for the Jewish people.  It was also the first time that such a proclamation gave rise to a rebellion, what we call the Maccabean Revolt led by Judah Maccabee, his brothers and the [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:08:25+00:00December 8th, 2015|Rabbi Cy's Blog, TBM Blog|0 Comments