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August 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter Violence and Hatred in America: A Jewish Response Dear Friends, In last week’s Torah portion, Parashat Balak, King Balak sends his prophet Bilaam to curse the Israelites. Bilaam tries three times, and each time, with the intervention of an angel and a talking donkey, Bilaam winds up blessing the Israelites instead. Then, at […]

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June 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter Emor and social action Dear Friends, Happy summer! As you know, our community is in the process of choosing our social action focus for the next year.  We have narrowed it down to two choices: homelessness or climate change.  In this letter, I will present how confronting each these issues is deeply rooted […]

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May 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter by Margie Klein Admitting Our Mistakes Dear Friends, I want to share a teaching I read from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of England, which I spoke about this past Shabbat.  Rabbi Sacks publishes the sermons he has given every week for the past several years under a series called “Covenant […]

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April 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter by Margie Klein Dear Friends, I write to share the teaching I offered this past Shabbat. We are now about halfway between Purim and Passover.  On Purim, we usually focus on the costumes and the silliness.  But before we put the holiday behind us fully this year, I want to offer a teaching […]

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March 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter by Margie Klein Dear Friends, This month, I want to share with you the words of my dvar Torah on Parashat Ki Tissa, which reflect both on the Torah portion on how I hope we can move forward as a community as we pursue social action work together. Last week’s Torah portion, Ki […]

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February 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter by Margie Klein Dear Friends,   It was wonderful to return to work in January and to see so many people I care about. I am so grateful to have such a dynamic congregation to return to after maternity leave. For this month’s newsletter, I want to share some reflections I spoke about […]

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January 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter by Margie Klein Dear Friends, Happy New Year! After three months of maternity leave, I am excited to return to Sha’arei Shalom and resume my activities as your rabbi! Although Rosh Hashana happened three months ago, the secular new yer brings another opportunity for goal setting and new year’s resolutions. If you are […]

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November 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter by Margie Klein Friends, Thank you so much for all the support and love you have sent our way since the birth of our daughter. Since her birth, we have received generous gifts and lovely messages from congregants, adorable cards from the Hebrew schoolers, and a full crew of 17 Sha’arei Shalom folks […]

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October 2015

Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Rabbi’s Letter by Margie Klein Dear Friends, This year, as I will not be with you in person over the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, I wanted to share a Sukkot story for you to enjoy and share with your families. I thank my teacher Rabbi Nehemia Polen for sharing this tale, and my colleague Rabbi […]

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September 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Posted By: Rabbi Margie

Dear Friends, As we prepare for the High Holidays, I want to share with you a thought-provoking teaching from the Talmud I learned from my friend and teacher Rabbi Mishael Zion. In the school of Rabbi Ishmael it was taught: It can be likened to a shopkeeper selling [foul smelling] kerosene oil and [wonderfully aromatic] […]

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