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Entering 5778

September 20, 2017 L’Shanah Tovah, As the evening approaches and we are finalizing our preparations to welcome in the new year of 5778 on the Jewish calendar, I wanted to encourage you with a few words to start this new year. You may be a person who doesn’t like new things or you may be […]

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Resurrection Power

Tomorrow night we celebrate Passover.  Last week as I was preparing in my heart for the holiday, this Scripture kept coming to mind. “And if the Spirit of the One who raised Yeshua from the dead is living in you, then the One who raised the Messiah Yeshua from the dead will also give life […]

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The Best Is Yet to Come – Part 1

This past Tuesday Rabbi Michael and I attended a meeting with other local leaders of congregations.  During the devotional, the gentleman speaking encouraged us with Ephesians 3.  At the end he quickly shared the following three main points from a sermon by Jonathan Edwards, a man Adonai used greatly during the The Great Awakening.  (An […]

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Purim D’rash

Shalom, We will be celebrating Purim on Saturday, March 11.  (We trust you will be joining us if you live locally.)  Purim is a fun holiday.  We have a great time dressing up in costumes, eating great food, playing games, and retelling the Purim story in a fun way.  But in the midst of our […]

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Simply Believe

In Mattityahu (Matthew) 19.26 Yeshua told his talmidim, “”With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  I believe this is a word to encourage us in the midst of the challenges of life.  Sometimes our circumstances can seem so overwhelming and in the natural we cannot see how thing could improve […]

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Parsha Ki Tetze

by Rabbi Carol Calise This week’s parsha details a lot of different laws that we are to follow in order to maintain order in our society.  I would like to just focus on one verse from the parsha this week – Devarim (Deuteronomy) 22:12 says “You shall make tassels (tzit-tzitot) on the four corners (kanafim=wings) […]

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Elul – One Thing I Seek

We just entered the month of Elul, the month that precedes Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This month is traditionally considered a month of spiritual preparation as we anticipate the coming Holy Days. In fact the meaning of Elul in Aramaic is “to search.” This month is a time of searching our hearts as we […]

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Parsha Devarim

As we begin our last book of the Torah this week, I want to encourage you to press forward into the good things Adonai has for each one of us. One of my favorite passages to preach from is found in the first chapter of Devarim. In verses 6 -8 Adonai encouraged the Israelites, “You […]

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Parsha Shelach

By Rabbi Carol Calise In today’s parsha we have the tragic story of the 12 spies surveying the Promised Land. The unfortunate outcome of the story is that an entire generation died in the wilderness instead of inheriting the Promised Land. What went wrong? Every time I read this story, it makes me reflect on […]

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The G-d of Purim

by Rabbi Carol Calise Over the next few days Jewish people around the world will be celebrating the Holiday of Purim with great joy and many festivities.  However, we cannot forget the serious message of this story in the midst of our celebrations. The Book of Esther is the only book in which the name […]

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