Mishpatim – February 1, 2019 – David Askenazi

Hurrying to get to my restaurant, a man approached me.  I knew what he wanted before he even said a word.  “Excuse me, sir, can you spare some change?” I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences.  What would you do? What should I do?  I could simply walk away. I can give him a dollar. I…

A Message from Rabbi Adam Wright

    January 22, 2019 To Our New Temple Emanu-El Family – The Talmud (Taanit 21b) teaches us, “The place does not honor the individual; the individual honors the place.” My name is Rabbi Adam Wright. I am truly honored to become Temple Emanu-El’s next Senior Rabbi. I will begin my rabbinic tenure at Temple…

Gimel – Susan Shuman

The gimel, ג is the third letter of the Alef-Bet. It is a derivative of the Hebrew word, gamol, which means ‘nurturing to ripeness’. ג is made up of the Hebrew letters Vav, ו  and Yud, י and seemingly depicts a wealthy person in pursuit of one who is less fortunate. The latter being the fourth letter…

Beit – Susan Shuman

The Hebrew letter ב “Beit” is the second letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet. Beit symbolizes the number two and is the extension, or vehicle, of א Aleph. To appreciate ב Beit, we must be mindful of א Aleph, since ב Beit is that through which א Aleph speaks. As such, ב Beit can be viewed…