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SHOULD WE MOURN FOR JERUSALEM?

August 1, 2017 By: Sondra Baras Today is the 9th of Av, the day according to the Hebrew calendar that commemorates the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem: Solomon’s Temple and Herod’s Temple (which was a rebuilt version of the earlier Temple of Ezra and Nehemiah).  For centuries, this date marked the terrible fate that […]

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Nitzavim (Standing) – Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20
On: Sep 12, 2012
By: Kim Troup

This week’s portion includes Moses’ last speech to the nation before the final poem that is Chapter 32 and the blessings in Chapter 33. Chapter 30 is often referred to as the “Return” chapter, including, as it does, references to both a physical and spiritual return to God and the Land of Israel. But a close examination of the verses in this chapter reveals a confusing sequence of events.

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Blessed is He Who Keeps His Promise – April 15, 2012
On: Apr 17, 2012
By: Kim Troup

Today is the day after Passover and everything goes back to normal.  Last night we were up late washing and drying dishes, putting away the Passover dishes and taking out the regular dishes, stripping the beds from the company that stayed with us for the holiday, and starting on the mounds of laundry that always […]

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Reflections on Prayer for Rain
On: Mar 20, 2012
By: Kim Troup

The rains started last week. It was a long dry spell—too long– and when the meteorologists started predicting a storm, it was all people could talk about. The anticipation in the air was almost celebratory… as if an important guest was coming to town, or a popular sporting event was about to begin. The rain […]

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Reflections on Leaving and Returning
On: Mar 20, 2012
By: Kim Troup

July 2011 I just came home from being abroad for six days. The trip was my mother’s idea and it was an incredible one! My mother, my two sisters, Judy and Batya, and my brother-in-law Richie, live in America, all in the New York area, and my husband and I live in Israel. It’s hard. […]

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Reflections on Jewish Music
On: Mar 19, 2012
By: Kim Troup

I’m still on a high from last night. When I got home, it was really late, but I was so charged by what I had experienced, that I needed to unwind. I spent some time talking with my daughter before going upstairs, and read a few pages of my book before turning out the light. […]

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Help Those Who Help Themselves in Sussya
On: Feb 27, 2012
By: Kim Troup

Fall 2011 Sussya,  located on an isolated hilltop in the Hebron Hills, is a community  characterized by incredible warmth and mutua aid. These people know what’s important: G-d, His land, and  the future generations who will serve Him. While Israel has weathered the economic crisis better than some, many families are still hurting. The need […]

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Thoughts on Yom Kippur – October 10, 2011
On: Feb 27, 2012
By: Kim Troup

Just two days ago, on Saturday, Jews all over the world marked the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. I wanted to share some thoughts with you that were part of my Yom Kippur experience this year. The fast began just before 5 pm on Friday. Clothed in white, our […]

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Reflections on The Shema
On: Feb 2, 2012
By: Kim Troup

August 2010     Yesterday, my daughter Avigayil came by with my 21-month-old grandson Amit, for a visit. He was being especially cooperative in letting her “run him through his paces”, happily showing off his latest learned tricks. As soon as she started singing “The Wheels on the Bus”, he called out ‘beep beep beep’, […]

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Reflections on the Passover Service
On: Feb 2, 2012
By: Kim Troup

April 2011 Just last night, Jews from all over the world sat down to the Pesach Seder, the festive meal that opens the Passover holiday. It is a culmination of weeks of preparation and anticipation. Everyone—young and old, religiously observant and secular—sits down at their holiday table, whether at a communal Seder at a hotel […]

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