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OSSRI Canada Day Welcome Gathering – Words from Rabbi Hannah

OR SHALOM WELCOMES OUR FOUR REFUGEE FAMILIES Day after CANADA DAY, 2017 © Rabbi Hannah Dresner Boker Tov – Good morning. Shalom aleichem – salam aleikum. Jews have, historically, been forced to live as unwanted guests and partial citizens. Here … Continue reading

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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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