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Hoshana Rabba Evening of Learning!

Enjoy an evening of learning with Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn, Rabbi Joe Ehrenkrantz and Rabbi Dr. Rafi Shuchat  in the Garden Sukkah of TAIS!   Tuesday evening, September 24 6:30pm – Rabbi Ariel 7:30pm – Rabbi Joe 8:30pm – Rabbi Rafi … Continue reading

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Shemot – “Say My Name”

Shemot begins with Rashi telling us that even though Jacob and his children were each named at the end of Bereishit, God names them again here to let us know how much he loved them. Thus, the second book of … Continue reading

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Chanukkah – Two Notions of Nationalism

There are two Chanukkah stories. The Gemara (Shabbat 21b) asks, “What is Chanukkah?” and Rashi (ibid.) explains that the Gemara is asking which miracle the holiday commemorates because there are two different miracles. On the one hand, we have the … Continue reading

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“ועתה, מתי אעשה גם אנוכי לביתי”

Employer – employee tensions have existed since the beginning of time. One key example appears in this week’s parsha. Ya’akov Avinu, after working for his brother-in-law, Lavan, for 14 years to pay off his debt for marrying Leah and Rachel, … Continue reading

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Parshat Toldot : Friends? Enemies? Both?

Rivkah is pregnant with twins. But, these aren’t just any twins, these two are ferocious. While still in her womb, they move around so much that Rivkah is in pain, and can’t ever sleep. What are they doing in there? … Continue reading

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