Monthly Archives: January 2021

Jewish History

A Famous Jew You Never Knew

January 13, 2021

Waldemar Mordechai Haffkine

Waldemar Mordechai Haffkine

BBC via Dina Yoshimi

For those who are winding down for the semester, and those who just enjoy an interesting read:

Here’s a piece from the BBC about… Continue reading

Thoughts

From Les Rosenthal

You may think that you are completely insignificant in this world. But someone drinks coffee from the favorite cup that you gave them. Someone heard a song on the radio that reminded them of you. Someone read… Continue reading

Drash Schedule January 2021

 Date Parsha Drash
Jan 2 Vayechi Jay Friedheim
Jan 9 Shemot Sid Goldstein
Jan 16 Vayera Risa Dickson
Jan 23

 

Jan 30

Bo

 

Beshalach (Shabbat Shirah)

Reb Daniel Lev

 

Marlene Booth

 

 

New York Cantors

Via Lorna Holmes

“Ose Shalom” with Azi Schwartz – Three young cantors, all rising stars in the world’s Jewish music scene, are brought together in Amsterdam’s revered 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue for a concert of Jewish sacred and secular music arranged… Continue reading

Gregor Mendel and Parshah Vayetze

A Drash by David Haymer

First, to echo comments made by Dan Bender and others, let me begin by saying that this Parshah is packed with dramatic events. In this one Parshah, we learn about (not in order): Jacob figuring… Continue reading

Sof Hanukkah 2020

A Small Hanukkah Miracle

By Mathew Sgan

Last year I had an almost full package of Hanukkah candles left over. I planned to use them for this year’s lighting ceremonies. Alas, on the fifth day, I started to worry that… Continue reading

Sof Holiday Recipes

Island Latke Recipe

By Hefcibah Martin

One bag Alexia Yukon hash browns

One finely chopped onion

One teaspoon salt

1/4 cup All-purpose flour

1/2 cup Panko

Three eggs beaten.

Fry in oil.

 

Cranberry sauce

One bag fresh cranberries

One… Continue reading

IllumiNation

On Thursday, December 17th, IllumiNation, a one-hour program spearheaded by Rabbi David Booth of Congregation Kol Emet in Palo Alto celebrated the 8th night of Chanukah in a nationwide, virtual celebration. Rabbi Booth is the nephew of Avi Soifer and… Continue reading

Dualities: Vayishlach Drash

By Fran Margulies

Jacob/Israel, one of our founding fathers, comes to us out of our mythic past. I say “mythic” because I think his story fits the dictionary definition of myth as “an ancient story of an ancestral hero who… Continue reading

Torah and Taro

Torah and Taro

January 12, 2021

A Book Review by Sid Goldstein

Mat Sgan’s third book, Torah and Taro, is an informative history of the Jewish contributions to the Hawaiian Islands. The book examines the impact that the… Continue reading

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  • The Royal Road to Relational Spirituality
    This is a 10 session course taught in 2019. Click here to purchase full course recordings. Click here for a free download of first session. Derekh HaMelekh— “The Royal Road”—is a collection of Shabbat and holiday teachings by Reb Kalanymous Kalman Shapira, who was the “Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto” as well as a major […]
  • Rising Above Isolation: The Piaseczner Rebbe’s Shavuot Torah of Connection
    Dates and Times: Tuesdays – May 12, May 19, May 267 – 8 pm EST Cost: Pay-what-you-can  Presenter: Rabbi Dr. Natan Margalit Description: We’ll learn together an amazing Shavuot Torah by Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro, the Piaseczner Rebbe, also known for being the Hasidic Rebbe in the Warsaw Ghetto during the horrific years of the Holocaust. In this Torah he explores […]