Category Archives: Rabbi's Message

From the Rabbi – Parashat Ki Tisa (Shabbat Para)

Full with Emptiness Over the past few weeks, our Torah readings have amplified the problem of human longing. Just as we are wont to do, the People of Israel looked to the tangible to fill their emptiness, re-forming their personal … Continue reading

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From the Rabbi – Esther, Hidden One

Esther, Hidden One Rabbi Hannah Dresner Purim 5777 The name “Esther” means “hidden one,” and our Chassidic Masters interpreted the theme of concealment and revelation in the Purim Megillah as pointing to God’s own hidden-ness from us, and God’s desire … Continue reading

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From the Rabbi – Parashat Trumah

“V’asu li mikdash, v’shachanti b’tocham.“ “Make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.” Menachem Mendel of Kotzk asked: “Where does God dwell?” His Chassidim answered: “The whole world is filled with God’s glory!” Menachem Mendel corrected them saying, “God dwells anywhere … Continue reading

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Spiritual “Hearing” Parashat Mishpatim – Rabbi Hannah’s Weekly Reflection

Spiritual “Hearing” Parashat Mishpatim To what are we enslaved? How does our slavery hold us back, nailed to the doorpost? And what would we hear if we freed ourselves from the comforts that swaddle us, muffling the still small voice … Continue reading

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