Showing posts from June, 2016

Shabbat Message - We Are Orlando

Shalom Shaarei Kodesh, It was 2 am early Sunday morning.  Our congregation was once again engaged in our full night of learning for the holiday of Shavuot.  At 2 am, I was interviewing Ilene Prusher, one of our congregants and a renowned journalist who has served in war zones including Iraq and Afghanistan.  Little did we know that an act of terror and hatred, the largest mass shooting in American history and the largest terror attack since 9/11/2001 on American soil, was beginning to unfold just three hours north of us in Orlando. Shavuot at Shaarei Kodesh was truly special.  Our children enjoyed delicious gelato and learned about the holiday of Shavuot and the importance of Torah through PJ Library books followed by a full night of learning and public interviews which included Torah from a teen leader, a millennial leader, a head of school, a journalist, rabbis, teachers, and congregants, to our sunrise service.  People came in at all times during the night, some even coming at 4 am…

Shabbat Message - Behukotai - Camp Send Off Shabbat 5776/2016

Shalom Shaarei Kodesh!  
In this week's parashah, Behukotai, Bnai Israel make their final preparations before leaving Sinai for the promised land, they light the menorah, the seven branched candelabra that they placed in the mishkan/Tabernacle, and later, in the holy Temple in Jerusalem.  In Judaism, we are always looking forward to the bright lights of the future.  As we light our own candles, we wonder - who will kindle the lights after us?  This Shabbat will be a truly special weekend at Shaarei Kodesh. On Friday evening, we will honor our congregants who are participants in our Create a Jewish Legacy program at Shaarei Kodesh.  This first cohort of congregants, who we are calling, our "Gate Keepers" have pledged to make an after-lifetime gift to benefit Shaarei Kodesh and other Jewish organizations in South Palm Beach County.  These gifts will help preserve and perpetuate Judaism in our area for years to come.  On Shabbat morning, we will honor the Gate Keepers as wel…