2019 Posts


Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 01/11/2019

I am struggling with the increase of hate speech in world. I know the power of speech and how words can build up and how words can destroy. I understand the freedoms and rights we have as Americans, but I also know the obligations we have as Jews.
 

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 01/18/2019

I remember years ago when one of my Rabbinic mentors said that music can touch the heart more so than the spoken word. I can think of countless times in my life when I know that to be true.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 01/25/2019

Years ago, I worked in the national office of a Jewish youth organization overseeing a summer travel program and many other educational endeavors. One program brought together over 1,000 Jewish teens in a major city for a week over Winter break.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 02/01/2019

I received a very nice message yesterday morning from a thoughtful member of the congregation. In light of the terrible cold, she wanted to know if we had a way of checking in on members of our congregation who may have specific challenges because of the weather.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 02/15/2019

This weekend a group of students and teachers of our Hebrew High School program are in New Orleans, LA as part of our Siyyum Tichon Community Service Trip.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 02/22/2019

My daughter Dena is in twelfth grade at the Golda Och Academy, the Jewish Day School in West Orange NJ. This past week, she and her classmates completed all of the school work for the year and departed for a three month experience in Israel.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 03/01/2019

There is a well-known verse found in the Book of Deuteronomy that has been on my mind a great deal this week. Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof - Justice, Justice shall you pursue.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 03/12/2019

I am very concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism in our country including all of the major news stories related to anti-Semitic statements made by public officials.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 03/15/2019

Our hearts go out today to our Muslim friends who are experiencing tragedy once again with the attack on the mosque in New Zealand. Nearly 50 people have lost their lives and so many people are feeling the emotional pain and devastation of the attack.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 03/22/2019

On Saturday night, I am heading to Washington DC to be a part of the AIPAC National Policy Conference as I do every year, but this year things feel different.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 03/29/2019

This past week, I attended the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC. It was a powerful time to be in Washington, especially in light of some major news stories.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 04/05/2019

I had a teacher who once said among the most important qualities every Jew needs to do is be a story teller. Think about how many of our traditions are about telling stories - Jewish history, the weekly Torah Reading, holiday observances and so much more.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 05/17/2019

It is graduation season. If you have a graduate in your family or if you plan to attend a graduation in the coming days, I wish you Mazal Tov. Graduations are significant moments in the lives of both the graduate and the members of the family.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 05/24/2019

I know that it is a holiday weekend and that many people will be away. However, if you are in town this Shabbat, I encourage you to join us on Shabbat morning.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 05/31/2019

Every year when I am invited to speak at our Multi Faith Thanksgiving Community Service, I search for a new reading or prayer related to gratitude and appreciation. Over the years, I have found many including some that go back to Biblical times.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 06/07/2019

The other day, I attended an event celebrating the accomplishments of a local Jewish Day School. It is the school my children attend, the Golda Och Academy in West Orange NJ.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 06/14/2019

I sat with someone this week to talk about some personal issues she is facing. I did my best to be listen and be supportive. She was questioning God and wanted to know if God listens to our personal prayers.

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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman
Posted by The Jewish Center on 06/21/2019

My mind has been on kids this week. It is the end of the school year and the beginning of the camp season so it is a season that gets us to think about children and what is best for them.

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