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Shabbat HaGadol Message with articles to prepare

Shabbat Shalom,
This Shabbat is a special one called Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat. It's unclear why exactly it is called Shabbat HaGadol. Some say it is because of a line in the Haftarah, and some say it is because of the length of the rabbi's sermon!  In ancient times, Rabbis would give only two sermons a year, one on Shabbat Tesuvah and one on Shabbat HaGadol. The sermon on Shabbat Tesuvah would focus on the laws of tesuvah to prepare for Passover. Shabbat HaGadol would often be a discourse on the laws of kashruth, and, if you are wondering, it was quite long. Thankfully, we have the internet now, and more information at our finger tips than ever before. Last week, I taught about 'kitniyot' on Passover for Ashkenazim, but also about kashruth in general. I also provided the congregation with a guide to kashruth which can be found in this week's Ezine.
This week, for my Shabbat HaGadol sermon, I would like to talk about an important issue - the effects of our…

Shabbat Message - Shabbat Shmini/Parah

Shalom Shaarei Kodesh,
It's been a little over three weeks since our family's lives became even more whole with the addition of our daughter, Layla Eden. Thanks to an understanding congregation, I was able to take three weeks of paternity leave to spend some precious time with our daughter and help out at home while Alissa recovered. I wish every father in our country could be as fortunate as I have been over the last three weeks, and I am truly blessed to have received this opportunity - thank you!   Now that the three weeks have come to a close, I have returned to the office and community, and I'm excited to get back to work!  However, even though I was out of the office, Shaarei Kodesh was still very much a big part of our lives.  From giving our daughter her Hebrew name on the first Shabbat after she was born, to receiving gifts and meals from our loving community, to attending Shabbat services and learning from the excellent divrei torah delivered by our talented congr…