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July 4, 2019 – President Washington’s Letter to Jewish Community of Newport Rhode Island

On Independence Day it behooves us to reread President Washington’s letter to the Jewish Community of Newport Rhode Island, written soon after the nation was liberated from British Tyranny. The letter appears below and stands as a symbol of religious liberty. Gentlemen: While I received with much satisfaction your address replete with expressions of esteem,… View Article


June 28, 2019 – Shalach

The name of this week’s parashah is “Shalach” or “Shalach l’chah.  You will find it in the Book of Numbers 13:1-15:41.  This section is an example of how difficult it is to translate the Hebrew text into a foreign language. The non-Hebrew reader will miss the irony of this section.  The word following “shalach/send forth”… View Article


June 21, 2019 – B’Haalotechah

This Sabbath’s parashah is called “B’Haalotechah” (Meaning: Upon your going up/ascending). You will find this week’s section in the Book of Numbers 8:1-12:16.  Although the parashah deals with many details concerning the ancient tabernacle (Mishchan) by juxtaposing the section’s beginning and end, we go beyond its dry details and facts and discover profound lessons about… View Article