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Torah portion inspires search for balance in life

Torah portion inspires search for balance in life

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose January 14, 2022

“And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph, who had previously exacted an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will be sure to take notice of you and when this comes to be, you pledge to carry up my bones from here with you to the Holy...

Why Tu Beshvat should not be forgotten

Why Tu Beshvat should not be forgotten

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose January 8, 2022

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (z”l), my teacher and cousin, once said that it is quite easy to tell which are the most profound Jewish holidays. They are, he suggested, the ones that are observed by the smallest number of individuals.  His statement...

Josephs coat, modesty and restraint

Joseph’s coat, modesty and restraint

RABBI CARNIE SHALOM ROSE November 25, 2021

“Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age. Thus he had made for him an ornamented, multicolored tunic.”  (Genesis 37:3) I have to admit that I have always been intrigued by Joseph’s famous coat...

Portrait of Rabbi Josef Davidson

D’var Torah: What isn’t perfect is still good enough for the world

RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSON September 30, 2021

There is a popular saying: Beginnings are difficult. It holds true whether it is beginning an article for the paper, a new position in one’s vocation, a new school in one’s education, a new relationship or a new year. Beginnings are awkward,...

Rabbi Carnie Rose: We are nearing the season of introspection, accountability

Rabbi Carnie Rose: We are nearing the season of introspection, accountability

RABBI CARNIE SHALOM ROSE August 26, 2021

Each year, as we reread the powerful words of the Book of Deuteronomy in our synagogues, I can’t help but notice how germane its wise teachings are to the season in which we find ourselves: the Days of Awe, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which we will...

Rabbi Carnie Rose, Ellior Rose and David Smith

Newsmakers: B’nai Amoona rabbi, USY leaders

July 21, 2021

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) awarded honorary doctorates to 36 rabbis at an online convocation ceremony June 6. Among those whose achievements were honored was Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose, the Rabbi Bernard Lipnick Senior Rabbinic Chair at Congregation...

Portrait of Rabbi Josef Davidson

D’var Torah: Life is a sacred journey; share it

RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSON July 8, 2021

If you have been paying close attention to social media or advertisements on television, you have noticed that as summer began, more and more people returned to traveling. This is due in large part, of course, to the fact that, overall, people...

Our world is better having met the daughters of Zelophehad

Our world is better having met the daughters of Zelophehad

RABBI NEAL ROSE July 1, 2021

Have you met the daughters of Zelophehad? They are the five brave women we encounter in this week’s Torah portion (Parashat Pinchas), in which we hear their impassioned plea to Moses regarding their and their deceased father’s right to inherit...

Congregation Bnai Amoona. Photo: Bill Motchan

D’var Torah: Our good names are linked to our good deeds

RABBI JEFFREY ABRAHAM June 3, 2021

We are told in Pirkei Avot (4:17) that there are three crowns, and “the crown of a good name surpasses them all.” This cliché, of course, has been used endlessly; yet, it is still relevant.  In our parsha, Sh’lach L’kha, we have the renowned...

The Jewish Community Relations Council on June 1 gathered elected officials and interfaith leaders to speak out against anti-Semitism. Pictured here is Episcopal Bishop Deon Johnson. The press conference was held at Congregation B’nai Amoona. Photos by Bill Motchan

Local leaders speak out about anti-Semitism

June 2, 2021

The Jewish Community Relations Council on June 1 gathered elected officials and interfaith leaders to speak out against anti-Semitism. The press conference was held at Congregation B’nai Amoona. Each speaker explained in his/her own words why...

Portrait of Rabbi Josef Davidson

Hearing, not only seeing, is believing

RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSON May 27, 2021

After my transfer to a new elementary school in the fourth grade, I was offered the opportunity to play a musical instrument. Music had always been a huge part of my life, whether in synagogue, which I attended each Shabbat morning with my grandfather,...

Congregation Bnai Amoona. Photo: Bill Motchan

Shavuot is the time to again tune in to the divine voice

RABBI JEFFREY ABRAHAM May 13, 2021

When we enter the world of the Book of Numbers, Bamidbar, In the Wilderness, I harken back to the discomfort of my own camping experiences. There was always grumbling from me or my brother. Yet the wilderness is the place of revelation. True, its...

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