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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!

Right Here


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

Don’t read this- listen to it right here!


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

                                                                                      See/hear this week's message on the go:  


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...

How Shall I be a Jew?  Let Me Count the Ways: Guide to Sefirat HaOmer

04/19/2022 08:04:17 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


There are seven weeks between the freedom we won in Egypt, given by G-d, and the freedom we achieved at Sinai, receiving the Torah.  

This sacred history isn't a bit of...

Passover- The Two Ways out of Slavery

04/13/2022 01:03:57 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


Every year we are told to see ourselves as being freed from Egypt.  The Baal Shem Tov said that the minute we stop leaving Egypt, we are back there again- that is how pernicious and "sticky" slavery is.

The way out is, according to the Torah, to head out to the...Read more...

Pesach?  Really?  Already?  No way!

04/03/2022 10:02:35 AM


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Dear Adath Shalom Mishpocho, shalom!

Pesach?  Really?  Already?  No way!
This must have been what it was like back in...Read more...

Shabbat HaChodesh: The Dark of the Moon

03/27/2022 03:49:47 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

The very first Mitzvah given to the Jewish people might be surprising.   It wasn't to be fruitful and multiply -- that was the blessing given to Adam and Eve.  It wasn't to be holy or to be sure to do Mitzvot.  It was in fact to start our own...Read more...

The Four Special Shabbatot

03/22/2022 09:12:18 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


This month of Adar is the final month of the Hebrew year ushering in the springtime month of Nisan, the month of rebirth and liberation, the month of Passover.  Rosh HaShana may be the birthday of the world but Nisan is the first month of the year.  

But...

When all  Lights Went Out... Drasha for Purim

03/15/2022 11:20:51 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


When the Messiah comes, says the Talmud, and all the crooked paths are made straight and the worm of hate in the heart of humanity has been excised at last, all of the festivals will be abolished.  No more Passover or Yom Kippur.  No more Shavuot or Chanukah.  Why? ...Read more...

03/15/2022 11:20:29 PM


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Hard Wired for Error D'var Torah for Vayikra

03/08/2022 07:55:02 PM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


A goodly portion of the third book of the Torah is devoted to the ritual aspects of basically...Read more...

Welcoming Our Newest Member: D'var Torah for Rosh Chodesh Adar

03/02/2022 12:03:35 PM


Rabbi Rudin

The Secret of Purim, the Call from the Darkness

As we approach the Holiday of Purim we are obligated to once again read and study the account of how the Jewish people was not only saved from genocide but the Second Temple was built, restoring our national...Read more...

The Gathering...  Parshat  VaYakehl

02/22/2022 10:53:44 AM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin


Constructing the Mishkan - A Common Task

VaYakhel: Building the Place of G-d's Presence on Earth

Historical moments seem to be made by great men and women doing something great at a great time. But is it so?

In Torah terms, the...

Ki Tissah: Buns of Steel, Calves of Gold?  What???

02/15/2022 04:40:38 PM


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   Calf of Gold...

Sorry for the bad pun.  But really... if you were going to build an idol to inspire and lead your community forward, would you choose a...Read more...

The Golden Altar: The Mystery of the Soul- Parshat Tetzvaveh

02/06/2022 09:11:39 AM



Thou Shall Not Collapse G‑d's Wavefunction | Torah and Science

What does a soul look like?  This week's Torah portion might try to answer that.  

Up on Sinai, G-d and Moses are talking blueprints.  For what?  The Tabernacle- the traveling...Read more...

02/06/2022 09:11:10 AM


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Building the World, the Home and the Self: Parshat Teruma

01/30/2022 10:47:51 AM


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Parshat Terumah: The Mishkan: Some Assembly Required - YouTube

We Jews are nomads from way back.  Ignoring fences and boundaries, always seeking the future, on the move.  That's pretty much Jewish history.  Together with that, we have a center, a...Read more...

Oy Vey... another day another hassle?  Parshat Mishpatim

01/25/2022 10:23:20 AM



In this week's Parsha, following hard on the lofty sentiments of the Revelation on Sinai we come back down to earth hard with the four hassles... the Arba'ah Avot D'Nezikin, the categories of misfortune, damage and alas crime to which we are all subject.  And here they are:

1. Shein:...

The Blessing of Being a Blessing: Taking Action as Sacred Response

01/18/2022 01:04:33 PM


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The Blessing of Being a Blessing: Taking Action as Sacred Response

By Rabbi Moshe Rudin


This is my personal take… not that of Adath Shalom or anyone else… thanks!


Tu Bishvat,  5782: Welcome to the First Tu Bishvat Sofa Seder!

01/11/2022 09:09:48 PM


Rabbi Rudin

It’s the… Adath Shalom Tu Bishvat Sofa Seder!  

The history of Tu Bishvat: From legalistic debate to fruit-eating bonanza -  Jewish World -

Adath Shalom’s Virtual Tu...

01/11/2022 09:09:35 PM


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Jewish Realism=Optimism.  Happy 2022

01/03/2022 03:30:53 PM


Rabbi Rudin


Optimism is built into the Jewish soul.  It is not that we deny grim realities and daunting challenges -- we certainly have faced more than our share of those.  But we also have an awareness born of our history that there...Read more...

Exodus! When do we get out of Egypt already??

12/19/2021 01:45:02 PM


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Sermons | Park City Gospel Church

If these years of oppression have served any purpose at all, they have increased our longing and our yearning for the redemption of Israel.

Thus wrote Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro, the Piasetzna Rebbe, from the indescribable...Read more...

Was Jacob really a  Bad Father?  The True Meaning of the Coat of Many ColorsParshat VaYechi

12/14/2021 10:05:52 AM


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Parshat VaYechi: Was Jacob a Bad Father?  

The True Meaning of the Coat of Many Colors

Every year as we read the Joseph story we look for lessons in the tragic...Read more...

Spirituality Vs. Stress: The Torah's Prescription: Parshat VaYigash, 5782

12/07/2021 11:46:18 AM




The Menorah...

Chanukah: 2021 You Want Proof?  YOU are the Proof!

12/01/2021 09:48:27 AM


Rabbi Rudin

Nissim Black, the amazing Haredi  singer/rapper who released his and fellow rapper Kosha Dillz' take on Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song 2.0 (destined to be a classic) raps, When they get up at you and say, give me proof; well it's you -- and every other...Read more...

Where Does the Flame Come From?  A Chanukah Message for 5782

11/23/2021 12:29:48 PM


Rabbi Rudin

A short Kavannah -- Intention- for lighting the Menorah on a cold evening! 

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Rolling the Stone  off the Well

11/09/2021 10:12:15 PM



לטייל עם התנ"ך: מהי האבן שגלל יעקב מהבאר? - סרוגים

I can almost hear them.

"Did you see what that skinny Jewish kid just did?"

"He rolled that huge boulder off the well and drew water for all of our flocks!  I can't believe it!"

In between the...

Three of Life: Parshat Toldot and Its Lessons

11/03/2021 11:06:42 AM


Rabbi Moshe Rudin

Lessons About Anti-Semitism We Can Learn From the Pittsburgh Synagogue  Attack | Time

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob... the Big Three, our holy patriarchs.  What is it about these ancestors of us all...Read more...

Chayei Sarah: The Improper Prayer

10/26/2021 03:07:48 PM


Rebekah at the well – Bible stuff

Just because I've been studying Torah most of my sixty-one years doesn't mean I know the first thing about it.  The narrative has depths and levels that I have...Read more...

Rain of Fire!    Parshat VaYera

10/20/2021 10:49:54 AM


Everything that comes from G-d is ki tov --  only good.  But in the last few Torah portions, we have some pretty awful things arriving from heaven.

In Parshat Noach, a great flood descends and wipes out humanity.   In our Torah portion this week,...Read more...

Lech L'cha: The Irresistible Power of Small Things

10/12/2021 07:53:18 PM


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The Never-Ending Journey of Lech Lecha: The Israel Forever Foundation

We all know that Abraham is the first Jew and that G-d calls to him with an invitation to become the living channel by which G-d's...Read more...

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