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05/13/2024 09:09:50 AM

May13

Rabbi Moshe Rudin

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Parshat Emor: The Blasphemer: Asking for Shelter, Invoking Destruction

05/13/2024 09:00:56 AM

May13

Rabbi Rudin

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Parshat Emor features one of the most disturbing incidents of the Torah: a young man, born to an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father, seeks entry into the tribal encampment of Dan, his mother’s tribe.  When he is rejected, he appeals to the Beit Din, the court of Moses...Read more...

To Ofakim- Post-Pesach Greeting

05/08/2024 02:14:07 PM

May8

Rabbi Rudin

Shalom Friends;

Below, please find a greeting we prepared and sent to the Ofakim Community, our partner community in Israel (located in Southern Israel) in conclusion of Passover and wishing them a Happy Israel Independence Day.

 

 Ofakim and Metrowest have been in a partnership since the 1990’s- a partnership dramatically strengthened and reinforced this past year in the...Read more...

D’var Torah for Pesach, 5784 The Three Needs of the Exodus

04/17/2024 01:27:08 PM

Apr17

Free Yourself and Your Home of the...Read more...

Israel Solidarity Delegation Last Report

04/10/2024 10:11:33 AM

Apr10

Rabbi Rudin

Our trip to partner community Ofakim

Resilience, Hope, Solidarity- Final Thoughts

Our group in front of the memorial mural of October 7th when fifty citizens of Ofakim lost their lives, many in the acts of defense that eventually drove the terrorists out of the city.

The shelter of anonymity...Read more...

Israel Solidarity Mission Part II -Southern Israel- Tears, Love, Determination

04/03/2024 10:36:57 AM

Apr3

Rabbi Rudin

In this week’s Torah portion, Shemini, we relive the harrowing deaths of the projected future leaders of the nation, Aaron’s two sons, Nadav and Avihu.

Wise, kind, virtuous and gifted, the two young men approach the Holy of Holies without permission on the day when the Tabernacle is inaugurated.  As divine flame emerges from the Holy of Holies to consume the offering outside on the altar, signaling the arrival of G-d’s...Read more...

Adath Shalom’s Israel Solidarity Delegation -March, 2024

03/26/2024 09:15:51 AM

Mar26

Rabbi Rudin

Memorial at the Nova Music Festival Site

 

Four intense days of volunteering, supporting, bearing...Read more...

Parshat VaYikra- Hearing, Heeding and Doing

03/20/2024 09:39:07 AM

Mar20

Rabbi Rudin

(G-d) called to Moses and spoke to him…

The first word of this week’s Torah portion, VaYikra, is one of the most immediate and evocative of the entire scripture.   Take a look at the way it appears in every Torah scroll in the world:

VaYikra- G-d is...Read more...

Parshat Pekudei: Looking at Our Community Through the Eyes of a Guest

03/13/2024 10:34:12 AM

Mar13

Rabbi Rudin

A few weeks ago, Rabbi Rafi Tvizer of Ofakim, Israel, part of a delegation to the Greater MetroWest Jewish Federation sent from the communities that had been devastated by the horrific events of Black Shabbat, arrived to stay with me for two nights as part of the home hospitality featured in these emotional and powerful delegations.  I have known Rabbi Rafi- we met while both volunteering during cleanup from Hurricane Sandy when he was...Read more...

D’var Torah: VaYakhel- Our Tabernacle, Our Community, Our World

03/06/2024 09:28:24 AM

Mar6

Rabbi Rudin

This Week’s Torah Portion Speaks About the Needs of Our Day

This week’s Torah portion describes the actual assembly of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), or wilderness sanctuary, which served as the spiritual center of the Jewish encampment on the way to the Promised...Read more...

Parshat Ki Tissa, 5784 - The Golden Calf and the Pattern of Brokeness -

02/27/2024 01:16:07 PM

Feb27

Rabbi Rudin

A disturbing pattern appears throughout the Torah narratives.

 

At first, everything seems pristine and pure.  G-d’s intention and plan moves forward to a stunning and holy conclusion- and then there’s a sudden dark turn that forces G-d’s hand as it were and a new, broken reality...Read more...

        A Special Shabbat Guest, this coming Shabbat, 2/23-24

02/20/2024 09:03:21 AM

Feb20

 

Dear Adath Shalom Mishpacha (family);

Rabbi Rafi Tvizer of Ofakim

We are all looking forward to an exciting upcoming weekend! Rabbi Rafi Tvizer from the “City of Heroes”, our Ofakim...Read more...

Tarshat Teruma - Building the Mishkan

02/13/2024 05:48:19 PM

Feb13

Rabbi Rudin

A Message for Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month

Can you imagine a situation in which you make a donation to a worthy cause - only to be told, no thank you?  We have enough?

 

That’s what...Read more...

Parshat Yitro - How Does the Covenant Work Exactly?

01/29/2024 09:59:23 AM

Jan29

Rabbi Rudin

 

On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone forth from the land of Egypt, on that very day, they entered the wilderness of Sinai…the Israelites encamped there in front of the mountain.

 

Moses went up to God. יהוה called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus...Read more...

Hot off the Press! Shabbat Shirah, 5784

01/23/2024 01:55:06 PM

Jan23

Rabbi Rudin

Counting Birds

Note: This Shabbat, Shabbat Shirah, the Shabbat of Song has a tradition to feed birds.   We devote one Shabbat a year to focusing on songs to G-d: birds sing to G-d constantly!  In gratitude to our winged friends, we scatter crumbs and seeds for them, especially in the winter.  Also, please take part in the worldwide bird count which runs from February 16-19, collecting important data on bird...Read more...

D’var Torah for Parshat Bo

01/17/2024 09:02:34 AM

Jan17

Rabbi Rudin

What does it take for someone to change their mind?

Pharaoh is the archetype of the cruel, oppressive tyrant who is so filled with hate, so invested in his own power and ego that he refuses to have the slightest bit of empathy for the people he has enslaved and brutalized.  His lack...Read more...

Celebrate: It’s the Months of Shevat!

01/09/2024 11:25:20 AM

Jan9

Rabbi Rudin

This month’s, (the Hebrew month of Shevat (January/February)) zodiac sign is Aquarius.  In Hebrew it’s called by the more prosaic name of דלי D’li- which literally means a bucket, water container or vessel.

 

Part of the meaning is purely geographical: in the...Read more...

Parshat Shemot: The Never-ending Exodus

01/02/2024 09:29:49 AM

Jan2

Rabbi Rudin

I’ve heard that every person has a central metaphor through which they see life.  For some, life is a journey, for others a quest and for others perhaps a climb, a circus, a dream or even a feast.

In this week’s Torah portion, we are introduced to what I think is Judaism’s...Read more...

Recognizing the Brother in the Other- D’var Torah for Parshat VaYechi

12/27/2023 11:03:11 AM

Dec27

Rabbi Rudin

Not just Fundraising… But Friendship! Adath Shalom pilots a Bridge-Building program with our Sister Community in Israel

In this week’s Torah portion, Vayechi, the long-estranged tribes of Israel are finally united once again.  The burden of generations of rivalry and hatred that...Read more...

D’var Torah: VaYigash 5784 - The Essence of the Book of Genesis and of the Torah

12/20/2023 08:47:41 AM

Dec20

Rabbi Rudin

There is no more poignant and beautiful moment in the Torah than this week’s Parsha when Judah opens his heart to his estranged and unrecognized brother, begging for him to release Benjamin who has been framed, and to accept him, Judah, in his stead as a slave.

At that...Read more...

Page o Chanukah stuff

12/13/2023 09:42:51 AM

Dec13

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Chanukah  5784

12/04/2023 08:53:02 AM

Dec4

Rabbi Rudin

So here’s the question: Is Chanukah a historical commemoration? You know, the paradigm of Jewish holidays: they tried to kill us, they failed, let’s eat.

Not according to Rabbi Tzadok of Lublin, one of the 19th century’s most creative and thoughtful Jewish...Read more...

Parshat VaYishlach, 5784 - The Kiss Heard Around the World (or was it a bite?)

11/28/2023 01:16:48 PM

Nov28

Beyond being the sacred text that molded western civilization and has had the most impact of any work of literature ever, the Bible in and general and the Torah in particular contain what can only be described as incredible storytelling.

Take this week’s parsha.  Jacob and Esau,...Read more...

 Parshat Toldot/Chodesh Kislev, 5784 Chanukah, 5784:  Bringing and Being the Light

11/15/2023 09:55:51 AM

Nov15

Rabbi Rudin

Three of our congregational leaders at the Washington Rally on November 14th

 

Adath Shalom’s Vice President gave us the theme of this year back at Rosh HaShana when she told us to Be the Light. Now, as we prepare for...Read more...

Chayei Sarah, 5784 Campus Update: One of our College Students Speaks out!

11/07/2023 05:35:28 PM

Nov7

Sarah Imenu, Sarah Our Mother, whose life is celebrated in this week’s Parsha, exemplifies the authenticity and moral courage that nurtures the Jewish people to this day. It is appropriate to share the words of one of our community’s spiritual successors of Sarah as we continue to be nurtured by her example.

This week’s D’var Tora comes to us from Adath Shalom alumna, Carly, who celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at our shul and...Read more...

Hunkering Down or Heading Out?  

11/01/2023 10:42:18 AM

Nov1

Rabbi Rudin

Abraham our Ancestor is not exactly a shrinking violet. When his nephew Lot is kidnapped among others by a large invading force, Abraham does not suffice with prayer. He assembles a small coalition and goes after the invaders.  Coming by night upon the overconfident army of the Mesopatamian...Read more...

It is Time to Pay Attention: D’var Torah for Lech L’cha, 5784

10/23/2023 09:14:15 AM

Oct23

Rabbi Rudin

In this week’s Parsha, Lech L’cha, we are introduced to Abraham. 

Kind of a weird introduction, actually. “G-d said to Abraham, ‘Go from your country, your birthplace, your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will bless you and magnify your name and through you all the families of the...Read more...

Love for and of Israel

10/17/2023 01:33:42 PM

Oct17

Jon Kessler

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Dear Adath Shalom Family;

This week's D'var Torah was written by our member Jon Kessler. Jon asks us to look beyond the darkness and challenges of this moment and to reflect on our own relationship with the land and people of Israel.  Whatever your connection, I hope that you...Read more...

Simchat Torah - Judaism Celebrates Change

10/04/2023 09:19:13 AM

Oct4

Rabbi Rudin

If you’ve seen or heard about Simchat Torah celebrations in New York, Moscow, Boston, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, London, Johannesburg, you know that they are huge, joyful spectacles where we dance our Torahs out into the streets and the joy, music and celebration are explosive and...Read more...

The Sukkah: Enduring in Its Impermanence Sukkot 5784

09/27/2023 08:58:03 AM

Sep27

Rabbi Rudin

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Sitting out in the Sukkah on a crisp fall evening is the mother of all immersive experiences.

You feel somehow secure and enclosed in the flimsy walls and patchy roof but at the same time, the fragility of the shelter makes you acutely aware of the outside darkness and the...Read more...

Yom Kippur, 5784

09/19/2023 08:44:19 AM

Sep19

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

Sep11

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

Sep3

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

Aug30

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

Aug21

Rabbi Rudin

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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

Aug14

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

Aug8

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

Jul24

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...Read more...

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

07/18/2023 03:51:49 PM

Jul18

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...Read more...

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

07/11/2023 01:49:49 PM

Jul11

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

Jul4

 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

Jun27

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...Read more...

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

06/21/2023 11:37:57 AM

Jun21

Rabbi Moshe Rudin


strife

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

Jun13

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

Jun7

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

May31

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

May23

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

May14

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

May8

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

May3

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?

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

05/02/2023 05:36:38 PM

May2

Rabbi Rudin

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

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Israel: It’s Not Complicated

04/25/2023 01:26:23 PM

Apr25

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

Apr18

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...Read more...

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

04/10/2023 11:23:14 AM

Apr10

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...

Chayei Sarah: The Improper Prayer

10/26/2021 03:07:48 PM

Oct26

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

Oct20

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

Oct12

Rabbi Rudin

 

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...

Come the Rain: the Month of Heshvan

10/05/2021 06:29:28 PM

Oct5

Various Artists - Here Comes The Rain: lyrics and songs | Deezer

With the end of the High Holidays, the rainy season sets in, a time of growing our inner lives and roots.  In the land of Israel, our...Read more...

10/05/2021 06:28:40 PM

Oct5

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Sukkot, 5782: Between Judgment and Joy

09/20/2021 09:59:12 AM

Sep20

Rabbi Rudin

 Sukkot, 5782

Between Judgment and Joy...

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Repentance: It’s Complicated -- A Yom Kippur Spiritual Primer offered with prayers for forgiveness by Rabbi Rudin

09/12/2021 05:59:21 PM

Sep12

 

The language of Yom Kippur is the language of repentance -- of teshuva.  

 

But repentance isn’t simple.  The Rabbis talk about repentance from fear: regretting past actions and...Read more...

Chalomot Shamayim: Dreaming of Heaven

09/01/2021 07:12:29 AM

Sep1

 

Adath Shalom is Chosen as a Shamayim Vegan Challenge Synagogue

By Rabbi Rudin

A Year of Health and Healing: Adath Shalom’s Spiritual Vision and Mission for 5782

At our Selichot service last Saturday night, we honored our healers by asking them to stand and...Read more...

Selichot: The Midnight  Moment (okay, so we do it at 8:15)...

08/23/2021 12:18:49 PM

Aug23

Rabbi Rudin

This Saturday night marks the official beginning of the High Holiday season with the Selichot service.  This year, we'll be joined by our friends at Congregation B'nai Israel of Basking Ridge as we honor and thank our healers and first responders.   Here's Rabbi Rudin's five-minute Torah lesson on what exactly are Selichot services... check it out! 

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08/16/2021 11:15:04 AM

Aug16

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Aug16

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The Shofar Experience: Can it make a difference?

08/16/2021 11:11:27 AM

Aug16

Check this 10 minute talk with Rabbi Rudin and see if it helps you add meaning to the sound of the Shofar.  Tekia! 

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Shofar #3: The Shofar Time Machine!  Back to Sinai?  

08/12/2021 10:56:35 AM

Aug12

2 Minutes of Meaning- Tekia!

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Rabbi Rudin's Message to Our High School Graduates... Mazal Tov!

08/11/2021 04:08:22 PM

Aug11

A Message to our High School Grads, Families and our Community..

 

Mazal Tov!  Welcome to a most exciting time of your life!  It has been our great joy and pride to...Read more...

Feel the Shofar #1!  Why Sound the Shofar Anyway?

08/10/2021 10:29:40 AM

Aug10

Check out a quick three minute Shofar Sound and an inspiring message as we approach Rosh HaShana! 

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Parshat Re'eh: The Blessing is Before You

08/03/2021 12:57:47 PM

Aug3

All that is required of us is to take the Blessing that is before us.  The Blessing does not always lead to well-being, wealth and success -- it is not our purposes that are served, but HaShem's.  But sometimes, the Blessing that we seize leads to something much, much more.  Hear about the life and legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, whose great heroism was commemorated this past Sunday by the Mayor of Parsippany, the Interfaith...Read more...

The Torah Code(s)' Message for What's Next... 

07/26/2021 11:38:25 AM

Jul26

Rabbi Rudin

 

The Torah is filled to overflowing with messages.  Every letter, every space, every line is G-d's voice reaching out to you in love and urgency.  This is so true that I want to shout it from the rooftops:  Do you want to find G-d's presence?  Just open G-d's...Read more...

One Mitzvah at a Time  -- Life's Elevator

07/18/2021 01:41:14 PM

Jul18

Rabbi Rudin

With the end of Tisha B'Av, can the High Holidays be far behind?  And... so what?  What can this calendar fact mean for us?

The Slonimer Rebbe, one of Israel's Hasidic masters, writes in his book, "Ways of Peace," that there are 613 mitzvot in the Torah.  And what is a mitzvah?  A good deed?  An order from on high?  A kind act?  None of those, says the Slonimer, but also, all of them. What it really...Read more...

Time's Wound: The Month of Av

07/14/2021 10:46:18 AM

Jul14

The list of terrible things that happened during this month is truly daunting.  In Torah, time is "sticky." Good events collect on certain days as do bad ones on other days.  :Good things happen in Adar and this early spring month is an auspicious time; an example is Purim.  Av is...Read more...

Matot/Masei: The Jewish American Journey Continues

07/06/2021 07:52:28 PM

Jul6

Rabbi Rudin

Is the American Jewish Journey different from the others?  During our history, we have lived in many climes, many countries.  In some we were welcomed and later persecuted and expelled.  In others, we lived in peace for millennia and gradually faded away into assimilation and loss of identity.  And in others... I don't have to say what happened because the memory still haunts us.

America was founded not on a...Read more...

07/05/2021 04:26:44 PM

Jul5

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Strength from Sorrow: The Power of Yearning and the 17th of Tammuz and Three Weeks

06/27/2021 01:22:42 PM

Jun27

Rabbi Moshe Rudin

 

                                                   

We...Read more...

The Month of Tammuz -- Summertime Blues?

06/09/2021 11:36:08 AM

Jun9

Being in tune with the Jewish calendar, we know that summertime is not the relaxed vacation time we enjoy.   Here’s a rundown of the tough times we commemorate:

 

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz (6/10-11):  Hearing complaints, seeing doubt and a crisis of faith in the...Read more...

Memorial Day 2021

06/01/2021 11:37:15 AM

Jun1

 

Dear Adath Shalom Family;

As we join our families and friends, gathering for a picnic or barbeque on this Memorial Day, for many of us, our first get-together after this long, dreadful year of the pandemic, let us reflect on the obstacles that we have overcome and the sacrifices that have been made to make it possible for us to "sit every one under their vine and fig tree."  

 

Our country, our...Read more...

Revelations: A Trip to the Dover Sinai Cemetery

05/23/2021 03:43:26 PM

May23

Rabbi Rudin

 

Revelations: A Trip to the Dover Sinai Cemetery

זְכֹר֙ יְמ֣וֹת עוֹלָ֔ם בִּ֖ינוּ שְׁנ֣וֹת דֹּר־וָדֹ֑ר 

Zachor Y’mot Olam…  remember the days past, the years of each generation. ...Read more...

Israel in the Crucible: Update

05/16/2021 12:14:12 PM

May16

Dear Adath Shalom Family;

I have been asked to present a concise and I hope accurate description of the current crisis in Israel especially in the face of much misinformation and outright untruths that cloud the flow of information.  Clearly as a Rabbi, proud Zionist and Jew and father of a grown child in Israel, I make no pretensions to being objective but at the same time, I strive to be truthful and factual...Read more...

A Vigil of Fear and a Vigil of Hope

05/12/2021 08:23:25 AM

May12

Rabbi Rudin

Emergency Message for Shavuot from Rabbi Rudin

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, 5781; the anniversary of the day when after two millennia the City of Jerusalem, the national home and focus of longing for the Jewish people became ours again, is turned into a day of violence and fear.

Not an enthusiastic gardener, I was fulfilling a belated Mother’s Day promise to plant some bushes in the back yard a few hours ago when my...Read more...

Count the Omer and Grow Spiritually with Rabbi Rudin!

04/05/2021 02:16:37 PM

Apr5

 

The Mishna tells us that Torah study develops 48 spiritual superpowers!  Check out the daily quote about the middah (virtue) of the day and focus on developing that trait in your own journey!

Days...Read more...

Pesach 5781  The Ancient Promise

03/24/2021 09:06:19 AM

Mar24

Rabbi Rudin

 

The Promise that has Stood

In ancient times, two leaders who wished to enter into an agreement would share a meal to demonstrate...Read more...

Tishrei vs. Nisan - The Great Creation Debate

03/15/2021 12:44:53 PM

Mar15

Rabbi Rudin

D’var Torah for Rosh Chodesh

 

When was the world brought into being?  When did G-d say, “let there be light?”  When was humanity created in the image of the...Read more...

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