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In this week's Torah reading, Va-yishlah, we learn of Jacob's confrontation with his brother Esau after 20 years away.

In preparation for this confrontation, Jacob prays, acknowledging that "I am unworthy of all the...

Nov 21, 2018
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When we meet our ancestor Jacob at the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Va-yetzei, he is a man on the run. Having finagled the status of firstborn from his brother and father, Jacob flees for his life and is en route to Haran, his mother’s...

Nov 14, 2018
Isaac and Rebekah
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Our Torah reading this week, Tol’dot, focuses on the life of Isaac: the birth of his children, his adventures in the land of Israel, and the struggle between his sons for his blessings.

What is striking about Isaac’s life is how similar it...

Nov 07, 2018
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I typically do not give a sermon at a Bar Mitzvah, but given the events of the previous week, I want to share a few brief words. In particular I want to address the young people who are with us today.

In our Torah reading this week, we...

Nov 06, 2018
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As we stand here before the open ark, we are about to sing Etz Hayim Hi, it is a tree of life, and we call to mind our brothers and sisters who were murdered in their synagogue, called Tree of Life, a week ago.

עֵץ חַיִּים הִיא...

Nov 06, 2018
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US Steel was an iconic American company that flourished in Pittsburgh in its heyday as an industrial center. Its logo, which also became the logo of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team, features three diamonds: yellow for coal, orange for iron...

Nov 06, 2018
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Good evening. My name is Rabbi Ben Goldberg, and it is my pleasure to serve as spiritual leader here at Congregation KTI.

We are gathered here this evening not because we want to, but because we must. Our hearts are broken as the peace of...

Nov 06, 2018
The Binding of Isaac
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This week’s Torah reading, Va-yera, contains the Torah readings for Rosh Hashannah, including the famous story of the binding of Isaac. The story has generated an enormous amount of commentary and discussion. The story raises core questions of what...
Oct 24, 2018
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Like many precocious children, I went through a phase where I was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology. This was especially true around the time when the Disney Hercules movie came out in 1997. I had a number of books that described in detail the...
Oct 07, 2018
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When I was a teenager, I spent my summers at Camp Ramah. One of my close friends there was named Jake. Jake was a special person. He was friendly, outgoing and kind. He had an interest in martial arts and in long philosophical conversations. I was...
Oct 04, 2018

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