Shavuot Message 2020

Today is Shavuot, the second of the three pilgrimage festivals that God decreed we should celebrate. The instructions regarding this Holy Day can be found in Leviticus 23:15-21. If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. There is a difference, in my opinion, between a Holy Day and a…

How Many New Years Do We Need?

Did you know that there are some 5 new year celebrations in Judaism? If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. If we consider that any celebration occurring on an annual cycle represents the start of another year, then each time we start a new cycle we are, in…

To Xmas or Not to Xmas: What is the Answer?

Now that all the annoying open registration for Medicare commercials are gone we have a new hot topic, which rolls around every December: the argument about Christmas, specifically addressing this question: “Is celebrating Christmas a sin or not?” If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video. Let me say,…

Passover 2019 Message

Tonight begins Pesach (Passover) and I am already busy preparing for the Seder. I have invited someone I knew in High School and haven’t been in touch with since then. We now live close to each other and it will be good to have her share this Seder with Donna and me. The Passover is…

The Day of Jubilee is on Yom Kippur for a Good Reason

This Shabbat (29 September, 2017) is also Kol Nidre, the first evening of Yom Kippur. As such, the traditional Torah reading is Leviticus 16:1-34 which are the rulings regarding this day. However, I am going to talk about Leviticus 25: 8-10, which goes as follows: You shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years,…

Do What is Right and Not What is Expected

First off, let me say that Irma is no friend of mine!   Nice Irma…..          Nasty Irma….   We have some small and large branches down all around the house (nothing damaging the house or porch), a few roof shingle tabs that blew off (nothing serious) and the large Bougainvillea that…

L’Shanah Tovah! (Happy New Year)

It’s 5777. I had someone tell me, just yesterday, that this should be a very good year. The number ‘5’ reminds us of the 5 books of Moses (Torah) and of the 5 divisions to the Psalms. The number ‘7’ is probably the MOST powerful number in the bible. It represents completeness, as the world was completed in…

Parashah Pesach (Exodus 12:21 – 12:51)

Weren’t we in the book of Leviticus last week? How’d we get back to Exodus? Today, actually tonight, begins Passover (‘Pesach’, in Hebrew.) As such, this being one of the most important and happiest of all the Holy Days God gave us, we read this portion of the Torah and then get back to Vayikra…