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Dersahot

11/12/2019 11:45:55 AM

Nov12

This space is designated for the words of Tora taught to us by the various members of our kehilla. 

Hodu LAdonai Ki Tob- The Jewish Approach to Thanksgiving

11/27/2019 02:32:51 PM

Nov27

Yosef Lopez

 

There is an erroneous belief that Jews shouldn't celebrate Thanksgiving in the same manner as our gentile neighbors. Some go further and say that to mark the day in any way what so ever is to be following in the ways of the nations, which the Tora prohibits us from doing. This idea is not only wrong but springs from an approach that is not only ignorant of Judaism but our history as a people. 

Many Jewish...Read more...

Sarah's Gala Story

11/14/2019 02:49:53 PM

Nov14

Sarah Frieden

SARAH'S GALA STORY

Friends, Tucsonans, and Congregants, I come here not to praise myself (too much), but to praise Congregation Bet Shalom. Of course, what I am really praising is all of the people, past and present, who have supported our synagogue throughout all of our nearly 40 years of existence. 40 years is no insignificant number, as Rabbi Avi would say.

Now, some history about me and mine:...Read more...

Choosing Life 

11/12/2019 02:24:10 PM

Nov12

Rabbi Dr. Bennett Blum

An interesting thing happened at my father-in-law’s funeral this past summer.  A friend of his, and mine, showed up to give comfort. He is a sweet, Moslem man who had a Jewish grandparent.  I knew that the month of Ramadan had started, and after he expressed his condolences, I asked him if there was a standard greeting or wish that is said during Ramadan.  He replied, “One of my friends is dead, and another is in...Read more...

Hesed is the Answer- Yom Kippur 5780

11/12/2019 02:17:53 PM

Nov12

Rabbi Avi Alpert

Friends, we are together as a holy community preparing to recall impactful people in our lives who have left us… who are no longer in this world. We do this in the middle of this awesome day, a day appointed for magnificent reflection… for return. We bring to the forefront of our minds our losses and our state of deficiency, realizing that we are left alone, yet still capable of more living. 

And, in order...Read more...

The Message of the Akeda 

11/12/2019 02:13:35 PM

Nov12

Jesse Davis

I think it’s fair to describe the Akedah as one of the most difficult passages in the Torah.  It’s hard to find anything redeeming in the story of a man who takes his son up on a mountain to murder him, who takes a boy away from his mother under the cover of a lie.  There are a range of rabbinic interpretations.  Some applaud Abraham’s willingness to put his obedience to God over the love of his son. Others...Read more...

Rosh Hashana 5780

11/12/2019 02:04:03 PM

Nov12

Rev. Norm Rubin

On this Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780, we are now in the ’80s again! Are you nostalgic for the 1980s? Imagine you are transported back to 1982... That was the year the CD was introduced, Brezhnev and Princess Grace died, Britain went to war at the Falkland Islands. It was also the year that a new congregation opened its doors in Tucson.  I have here a copy of Bet Shalom’s first newsletter, HAKOL BAMIDBAR, THE VOICE IN THE DESERT....Read more...

Yom Kippur 5780

11/12/2019 01:50:34 PM

Nov12

Lisa Schachter-Brooks

It is an honor to stand before you tonight on this day of At-One-Ment when our souls are called into the temporal Holy of Holies.  I want to start by expressing my gratitude for being right in this very place at this very moment with all of you and for this beautiful Sonoran Desert and the peoples who have welcomed us to dwell here.

 

I come to you as a congregant,  a congregational director and as a fellow...Read more...

What Bet Shalom Means to Me 

11/12/2019 11:50:13 AM

Nov12

Sarah Freiden

Congregation Bet Shalom welcomed my husband and me around 35  years ago. Neither of us was thinking of joining a shul at that time. In fact, I was only looking for an outlet for my urge to write. Someone had told me that CBS had a very good newsletter to which  I might want to give an article or two. Drs. Harry Lawrence and Norm Rubin were the editors at that time. I met with them and was soon a regular contributor to the...Read more...

Sat, December 14 2019 16 Kislev 5780