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09/19/2023 08:49:45 AM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

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Yom Kippur, 5784

09/19/2023 08:44:19 AM


Rabbi Rudin

Every year we are asked to run a spiritual marathon - 25 hours of prayer, reflection, repentance and… fasting!

I hear stories of our ancestors in the old country making it a literal marathon where they are in shul for the entire time, everyone dressed in white robes,...Read more...

The Meaning of Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year, the Renewal of the World

09/11/2023 03:02:57 PM


Rabbi Rudin

Rosh HaShana is just another day, right? It’s not an equinox or a solstice. It has no astronomical significance. No eclipse, no magnetic flux, no bells and whistles. It’s not even the first month of the year - it’s the seventh. It’s not even the anniversary of the...Read more...

When Do We Do the Inner Work?

09/03/2023 10:21:33 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

D’var Torah for Selichot Services, 5783/2023

Selichot services take place on Saturday night and we hear again the plaintive...Read more...

The Shofar Ten - Part II - Rabbi Saadya Gaon’s Final Five Reasons for Sounding the Shofar

08/30/2023 06:49:33 AM


Rabbi Rudin

The sound of the Shofar is powerful, evocative, moving - but why exactly? To try to explain, Rabbi Saadya Gaon, Rosh Yeshiva of the Harvard of Yeshivas, Sura back in tenth century Babylonia, near modern day Baghdad assigned not one but ten Jewish historical moments that the Shofar...Read more...

The Shofar Ten - Part One

08/21/2023 12:34:54 PM


Rabbi Rudin


The plaintive cry of the Shofar is a highlight of Rosh HaShana but what exactly does it mean?

Tenth Century whiz-kid Rabbi (he was appointed head of the largest Yeshiva in Babylonia at only 36 years old) Saadia Gaon gives us ten spiritual associations that the Shofar...Read more...

Rosh Chodesh Elul: Sound the Shofar!  Eight Things to Know about Elul

08/14/2023 09:18:44 AM


Rabbi Rudin


The Jewish month that begins on Thursday and Friday is the last month of the year - Elul. The Shofar is sounded each day of Elul (including Rosh Chodesh and aside from the last day of the month) to awaken our souls to Teshuva (repentance),...Read more...

Parshat Re’eh: I have set before you a blessing and a curse… The Summer of 2023: Seeking blessing, facing challenges

08/08/2023 08:41:54 AM


Rabbi Rudin

This week’s parsha declares that in every circumstance, we have the opportunity to wrest blessings from challenges.

In a difficult summer that saw the highest recorded temperatures in history, filled our skies with smoke and challenged us with the anxieties of uncertain times,...Read more...

Parshat VaEtchanan- Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Consolation

07/24/2023 09:28:01 AM


Rabbi Rudin

The Unanswered Prayer


At that time, I begged G-d…let me please cross over and see the good land across the Jordan, the goodly highlands and the mountains of Israel! (Deuteronomy 3:25)

Moses has dedicated his entire...

The White Fast and the Black Fast... and Why-

07/18/2023 03:51:49 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

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There are Two 24 hour Fast Days in Judaism: the White Fast of Yom Kippur and the Black Fast of Tisha B’Av.

Many people fast during...

                        Mattot-Masei: These are the Journeys of the Children of Israel…                           

07/11/2023 01:49:49 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

The Torah’s account of the forty-two encampments of our ancient travels through the wilderness on their way to Israel contains a message.  Miraculous wells of pure water that spring from the rocks, enemies that dog our steps but who fall before our faith,...Read more...

The Season of Sorrow:  Tisha B'Av  and the Three Weeks

07/04/2023 10:44:05 AM


 Know for certainty that every descent we experience in life is only for the sake  of rising up even higher

-Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav

 On the Ninth of Av, the Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people...Read more...

All of Us Means All of Us D'var Torah for  Parshat Chukkat-Balak

06/27/2023 10:21:19 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

This interpretation of the Torah narrative is inspired by Rabbinic teachings called Midrash.  

In this week’s Torah portion, those who hate and fear us, in this case, his majesty, Balak ben Tzippur, King of Moab and his allies, hire a major league sorcerer (in modern terms, we’d call him an ‘influencer’), Balaam, to curse us.  

I know that those you curse are cursed, says...

The End of Strife Parshat Korach, 5783Book of Numbers, 16-18

06/21/2023 11:37:57 AM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


This week’s Parsha, Korach, describes a terrible schism in the Jewish people.  The once righteous but ultimately mistaken and sinful Korach, who has been passed over for priestly leadership in favor of his cousin, Aaron, gathers a large group and attacks Moses...Read more...

The Five Minute Rabbi Part Two

06/13/2023 08:50:51 AM


Rabbi Rudin

Don’t Read- Listen!

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This is part II of a mini-podcast series on the laws of Shabbat observance in...Read more...

A Darkness that Can Be  Felt - Interfaith Dialogue in the Haze

06/07/2023 01:43:02 PM


Rabbi Rudin

Once a month I take part in an interfaith conversation with a group of Christians, Hindus and Muslims. Over the time that our Interfaith Council has met, we have learned to trust each other and become friends. Our discussions are open-hearted. Despite...Read more...

The Five Minute Rabbi

05/31/2023 09:29:47 AM


Rabbi Rudin

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The Torah says (Exodus, parshat Mishpatim): Six Days you shall labor and perform all of your...Read more...

       Shavuot: Seven Weeks to Freedom

05/23/2023 03:11:31 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


What is Shavuot?  Well, seven weeks ago we celebrated the anniversary of the Exodus. Freedom from slavery and the horrors of Pharaoh’s Egypt. ...Read more...

In the Desert: Again. Parshat BaMidbar

05/14/2023 07:02:22 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

In Numbers, the fourth book of the Torah, we join the Jewish people on their journey through the howling wilderness on our way to the Promised Land.  We encounter moments of joy and challenges of rebellion and disaster.  But through it all, though long...Read more...

The Secret of Jewish Observance

05/08/2023 10:52:09 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

Contemplating the Conclusion of the Jewish Year, 5783

Looking at Jewish spiritual life, it’s really astonishing just how much stuff we do.  I mean look at it:  We start the year by blowing loud blasts on Ram’s...Read more...

Lag B’Omer!  The Holiday of Hiddenness

05/03/2023 05:33:17 AM


Rabbi Rudin

No texts, no prayers, no services…. And no real name!  Lag B’Omer actually means “thirty three days of the Omer Count”! 


So what gives?


The Five Minute  Rabbi:  What to Know about...Counting the Omer!

05/02/2023 05:36:38 PM


Rabbi Rudin

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Israel: It’s Not Complicated

04/25/2023 01:26:23 PM


Rabbi Rudin

It is very rare to see positive coverage of Israel in the world press.  There are too many examples and too much explanation is required to expose how profound the distortion is for this short message.  But as one who has been to Israel thirty times (at...Read more...

Take the Clean Speech Challenge - Together with Jewish Organizations and Shuls from all over Jersey!

04/18/2023 08:45:44 AM


Rabbi Rudin

Who is the one who desires life, who loves their days and sees good?  It is the one who guards their tongue from speaking ill, and their lips from guile, turning aside from hurtfulness, seeking peace and pursuing peace.

-Psalm 34:13-15

Judaism doesn’t...

Where is our miracle?   D’var Torah for the Seventh Day of Pesach

04/10/2023 11:23:14 AM


Rabbi Rudin


On the Seventh Day of Pesach which begins Tuesday night, we celebrate the Parting of the Sea of Reeds. 

The story goes like this: Pharaoh and Egypt have finally released Israel.  We head out, mustering at Ramses and then...Read more...

Rosh Chodesh Elul: Sound the Shofar! Eight Things to Know about Elul

08/14/2023 09:17:51 AM


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Why I Fast on Tisha B'Av

07/18/2023 03:26:39 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


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There are Two 24 hour Fast Days in Judaism: the White Fast of Yom Kippur and the Black Fast of Tisha B’Av.

Many people fast during Yom...

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Pesach 5783

04/04/2023 08:57:00 AM


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                   Backgrounder: Don’t Forget to Count the Omer!

                           A Short Guide to Sefirat HaOmer

                                             By Rabbi Rudin

Shabbat HaGadol

03/29/2023 01:55:32 PM


Rabbi Rudin

This Shabbat is called  Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat. Our tradition teaches that back in Egypt, this Shabbat, four days before the Exodus, was when the Jewish people refused to labor any longer as slaves.  Instead, they took lambs for offerings as a prelude to their freedom.

In essence, our freedom began as an act of defiance: no longer agreeing to be slaves and instead, offering the sacred animal of the Egyptians, the...Read more...

Guest Teacher!  -   Find the Mitzvah that Speaks to You!

03/21/2023 05:25:51 PM


Chava Yeta bat Aryeh. v'Aliza Avigayi

This week's D'var Torah is presented by our recent Bat Mitzvah who provides a very powerful and meaningful message about spirituality: find the Mitzvah that speaks to you and make it into the wings that lift you!   

The name of my parsha...

Matzah and Maror or Apples and Honey?  When was the World Created?

03/19/2023 05:59:14 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

When exactly was the world created?  The Rabbis of the Talmud weigh in. 

Rabbi Eliezer says that the world was created in the harvest month of Tishrei.  Rabbi Joshua argues that it was created in the springtime month of Nisan.  Both...Read more...

Pesach Mitzrayim and Pesach Dorot- The Egyptian Passover and the Passover of the Generations

03/12/2023 08:50:41 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


Passover is the story-telling holiday disguised as a meal. We love to kvetch about the dry, crackly Matzah but this most quintessential of all Jewish foods has a subtle nutty, homey flavor that deep down, tugs at our...Read more...

Esther Concealed and Revealed: the Mask of Purim

03/06/2023 12:31:10 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


Purim, the early spring dress-up holiday celebrating the defeat of an evil doer’s attempt to wipe us out, has surprising depths. 

Aside from frivolity and joy, the great theme of the day is...Read more...

              Dispelling the Shadow: Parshat Zachor-   the Secret of Amalek

02/27/2023 12:45:19 AM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


This Shabbat we read Parshat Zachor, a short passage from Deuteronomy evoking a moment of unspeakable horror and trauma:

Remember what Amalek did to you as you left Egypt: coming upon you when you were exhausted and weakened, attacking...Read more...

Parhat Mishpatim: Searching for the Essence of Jewish Life

02/12/2023 08:29:56 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


I can’t worship a G-d whom I can understand.

I can’t practice a religion that I can explain.


Lessons on Freedom from the Torah Part III

02/05/2023 11:47:42 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

We have seen in this series that the Exodus narrative is the world’s greatest tool of personal freedom and empowerment.  Part one explored the necessity of freedom as a precondition of being who we truly are.  In part two, we explored the need to master time as the second precondition for freedom.  

In today’s lesson, we encounter one of the central Mitzvot of Judaism and delve into its...Read more...

The First Mitzvah:  Exodus Lessons in Freedom Part II

01/29/2023 05:20:20 PM



The Exodus story isn’t just an epic saga.  It’s an instruction manual on how to be free.  The word in Hebrew for Freedom, Cherut, חרות isn’t about being rid of obligations and responsibility.  That’s not what freedom means to...Read more...

Leaving Egypt: The Ongoing Journey of Freedom

01/21/2023 10:06:30 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


The story that we tell over and over again, every day, through our prayers and sacred texts, isn't about religion per se.  The Stand at Sinai when we all heard G-d's Ten Commandments, the basis of the Mitzvot, practices, customs and rules of Jewish life is certainly...Read more...

Who Will Stand With  Us?  Parshat Va'Erah

01/17/2023 06:36:44 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

The above iconic picture shows Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a survivor of the Holocaust and one of the greatest teachers to...Read more...

The Turning Point- Parshat Shemot/Exodus

01/08/2023 05:00:57 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

The first two chapters of Exodus go from degradation to degradation.   The Jewish people, the Children of Israel, are enslaved.  Their suffering and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians is beyond all imagining - or rather, it would be if we had not been subjected to...Read more...

Did The Jews Make Resolutions in Egypt?

01/03/2023 05:19:01 AM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

According to the Talmud, keeping resolutions is all about who you make the resolution to.  Making a promise to yourself is great.  But at the same time, when you are able to go beyond yourself and realize that others are counting on you, then the chances...Read more...

Eight Candles Gone: A Goodbye to Chanukah Rock Anthem…                                                       &nbs

12/23/2022 05:31:40 PM


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Eight Lights for Eight Nights: Chanukah 5783- The Hidden Light

12/18/2022 01:16:31 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


In the Torah, the supreme source book of Judaism, light is the very first creation.  And yet… none of us has ever seen it.  This light that we see by -- that is not the first primordial light.  That...Read more...

Chanukah - Were the Maccabees Right Wing Extremists?

12/11/2022 11:49:44 AM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin






Yes, that is the buzz.  The Maccabees were a bunch of religious fundamentalist wack a doodles.  That's the claim and here's the background... it's 250 BCE.

Under the rule of the Syrian...

Take My Camels... Please!  Parshat VaYishlach

12/04/2022 06:47:30 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

Abraham and Sarah, the first Jewish couple, give birth to Isaac. Isaac marries Rebecca.  They have twin boys, Esau and Jacob.  When it comes time for Isaac to choose which of his two sons will receive the blessing of Abraham to become the progenitor...Read more...

What’s with the Rocks?: How to Overcome Obstacles: Lessons from Parshat Yetzei. פרשת ויצא

11/28/2022 07:06:21 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

This week’s Torah portion tells us about the journey of Jacob, the last patriarch who gave us all our name of Israel.  But the starring role goes to another figure we encounter.  A rock.  That’s right, a rock. 

Seventeen-year-old Jacob, fleeing to...

Let Us Give Thanks... 

11/20/2022 02:15:26 PM


Rabbi Rudin


Among the gifts that the Jews have given the world is the gift of gratitude- for gratitude requires a source.  Seeing each day, seeing the world, as a gift given rather than an ordeal to endure, that is truly a revolution in how each human sees life, for no matter what we face,...Read more...

Parshat HaShidduchim:  Watering the Camels

11/14/2022 03:25:25 PM


Rabbi Rudin

This week's Parsha focuses on continuity.  With the death of our Mother Sarah, the viability of the Jewish project comes into doubt.  Isaac, bereft of his mother, alienated from his father by the debacle of the Binding of Isaac, lives as a lost soul with his...Read more...

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Parshat VaYeraThe Power that is You

11/06/2022 10:53:09 AM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


Where does Abraham get the Chutzpah to Challenge G-d?

In this week's Torah portion, we find Abraham and Sarah living with a small group of their students, followers and families at the edge of the wilderness...Read more...

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