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rabbi's column - how to receive people

01/18/2017 01:29:15 PM

Jan18

Gemilut Chasadim is one of the three supporters of the world. Along with Torah Study and Divine Worship, it is imperative to Bestow Kindnesses.

The three Patriarchs of the Jewish people personified these fundamental components of Judaism. Jacob was the Torah scholar and Isaac was a personal offering to Hashem. Abraham was the bestower of kindness par excellence. His stellar behavior brought...Read more...

rabbi's column - “Maoh Doh Eretz Yisroel” make israel here

01/18/2017 01:13:54 PM

Jan18

In the nineteenth century, a disciple approached his rabbi for advice. Should he leave Eastern Europe and relocate to the Land of Israel? The rabbi’s response was to stay put and “Make Israel Here.”

It is obvious that from the Torah perspective, the Land of Israel is our homeland, the Holy Land, the ultimate place on earth for every Jew. When Moshiach comes we will all live...Read more...

rabbi's column - Yehudah vs Yoseph | Mitzvot vs. Torah

01/18/2017 01:10:59 PM

Jan18

Both the Parsha and Haftorah speak about Yehudah and Yoseph. The Parsha indicates that Yoseph is greater in that he was the viceroy and Yehudah pleaded with him about Binyamin. The Haftorah, however, clearly indicates that Yehudah will be the King over all the Jews. Moshiach will be a member of his tribe, the descendant of King David.

We are supposed to not only learn Torah but live Torah....Read more...

rabbi's column - why not destroy all the oil?

01/18/2017 01:09:02 PM

Jan18

We all know the story line. The Syrian-Greeks controlled and desecrated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem for three years. They erected an idol in front of the Altar and, daily, sacrificed a pig on the Altar. Their goal was to prevent the Jews from ever worshipping Hashem in the Temple.

When the Maccabies liberated the Temple from their control, their primary desire was to reinstate the Temple...Read more...

rabbi's column - Project “M.O.M.”

01/18/2017 01:04:27 PM

Jan18

Story:

Mother wakes son up – “Moishe, it’s late. Get up for Minyan.”

Son – “I’m tired. Let me sleep.”

Mother – “Get up. They need you.”

Son – “I don’t get along with the people there.”

Mother – “Moishe, you have to go. You are the...Read more...

Rabbi's Column - Purim: G-d is Concealed

03/23/2016 12:17:46 PM

Mar23
There are three aspects of Purim that emphasize its darkness.   1) The name of the day,
2) The name of the Megillah,
3) The absence of a word.    Purim means "lots", a method of choosing something by chance.  However "Purim" is a Persian word for lots (according to the Ibn Ezra).  When the Megillah tells us they named the day "Purim", it says,...Read more...

Rabbi's column - purim

03/16/2016 05:01:56 PM

Mar16

Both Purim and Chanukah are Rabbinically ordained celebrations.  They both commemorate miraculous salvations of the Jewish people from their enemies.  Yet we recite Hallel on Chanukah, but not on Purim.

Question

Why do we not recite Hallel on Purim?

Answer

1) Chanukah took place in the Holy Land of Eretz Yisrael.  Purim took place in the Diaspora, in Persia.  Hallel is only recited for...Read more...

parsha insights - pekudei

03/09/2016 03:28:05 PM

Mar9

This concluding Parsha of the Book of Exodus contains an exact accounting of the gold, silver and copper donated for the Tabernacle.  That's what Pekudei means - the counting.  Everything in G-d's Torah contains an eternal lesson for every Jew.

Question
What can we learn from the Torah's recording of the exact amount of these precious metals?

Answer
Every Jew has precious "metals", raw...Read more...

Parsha Insights - Shekalim

03/01/2016 06:13:20 PM

Mar1
This Shabbat is the first of four special Sabbaths, two before Purim and two before Pesach.  On these Sabbaths, we remove two Torah scrolls from the Aron Hakodesh.  In the first we read the Parshat Hashavuah.  In the second, we read a special section.  This Shabbat's special section deals with the mitzvah of Machatzit Hashekel.   In Temple times, the communal offerings had to be purchased with the half shekel...Read more...

Parsha Insights - Tetzaveh

02/17/2016 11:50:21 AM

Feb17
The Parsha begins with Moshe being told by Hashem, to command the Jews to provide olive oil for the lighting of the Menorah in the Mishkan.  The verb that is used to describe the lighting is "Le'ha'alot", which means to elevate.   Question
Why doesn't the verse use the more common verb "Le'hadlik", to kindle?    Answer
The soul of a Jew is called a...Read more...

CSA KASHRUT GUIDELINES

01/27/2016 12:22:46 PM

Jan27
CSA Kashrut Guidelines In response to many questions, Rabbi Kornfeld's column this week is dedicated to clarifying our shul's kashrut guidelines.  In the development of these guidelines, much thought has been given to the beautiful diverse nature of our congregants, our mission as reflected in our name "Shevet Achim", halachic principles, and cost impacts.  These guidelines are strongly driven by the desire to enable all our...Read more...

RABBI'S PARSHA INSIGHT - beshalach 

01/20/2016 09:50:18 AM

Jan20

Manna and Torah

The purpose of the Exodus was not just freeing the Jews from slavery.  G-d told Moshe at the Burning Bush that the purpose was to receive the Torah at Mount Sinai. Therefore all the events recorded in this week's Parsha are lessons that are prerequisites to receiving the Torah, as related in next week's Parsha.

Beshalach records the story of the Manna in great detail.  It fell from heaven every...Read more...

rabbi's parsha insight - Bo

01/12/2016 03:21:42 PM

Jan12

     “Yetziat Mitzrayim,” the Exodus from Egypt, is the highlight of this week’s Parsha. As Jews, we constantly mention this fundamental event, since then we became a “nation,” chosen by G-d for a spiritual mission.

     Biblically, we are commanded to remember the Exodus twice daily, which we perform at the end of the Shema. “I am Hashem, your G-d, who took you out of the land of...Read more...

Rabbi's Parsha insight - Va'Era

01/07/2016 01:44:41 PM

Jan7

Seven of the ten plagues occur in this week's Parsha. However, there is something different about the first three: Blood, Frogs, and Lice.  G-d told Moshe, "Say to Aaron, take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt...and they will become blood." Say to Aaron stretch out your hand with your staff...and bring up the frogs."  "Say to Aaron stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground and it will...Read more...

rabbi's Parsha class - shmot

12/30/2015 02:34:05 PM

Dec30

Parsha Insights – Shmot

The Burning Bush

G-d appears to Moshe Rabbainu in a burning bush. It is described as “burning in fire, and the bush is not consumed.”  At this event, Moshe was chosen as the “Go’el Yisrael,” the redeemer of Israel; he who would lead the Jewish people out of the Egyptian exile.

G-d revealed Himself to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai.  There, too, Sinai is described as...Read more...

Rabbi's parsha class - veyechi

12/23/2015 10:57:31 AM

Dec23

Parsha Insights – VaYechi 

     Joseph brought his two sons to Jacob for a blessing. Jacob placed his right hand on the head of Efrayim, the younger brother, instead of Menashe, the first born of Joseph. Joseph protested. “This one is the first born. Put your right hand on his head!”

Question: Why was Joseph so insistent that Menashe be blessed first and strongest?  What lesson can we derive...Read more...

Rabbi's parsha class - VaYigash

12/14/2015 02:43:30 PM

Dec14

Rabbi's Parsha Insight – Vayigash 

The Parsha records the beginning of the Egyptian exile. Jacob and his entire family leave the land of Canaan and arrive in Egypt where Joseph is the viceroy. Prior to their arrival the verse states, "He (Jacob) sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph, to direct...Read more...

monday night parsha classes for december

12/09/2015 03:05:10 PM

Dec9

MONDAY NIGHT PARSHA CLASS
taught by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the shul

Rabbi Kornfeld leads an in depth study of the weekly Torah portion in light of classical Rabbinic and Mystical commentaries.

December 14th -...Read more...

Tue, 25 April 2017 29 Nisan 5777