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Creation and the Problem of Twos

Creation and the Problem of Twos

Parashat Bereishit Rabbi Steve Greenberg   The starting point of the Genesis story is God.  Before creation, God fills existence.   There is no-thing else, no place for an-other.    God’s oneness is without division or separation.  One is always all-powerful without needing any power-over to be so.   One is stable and sure, unchanging and whole.   One [more]
Rebooting Hanukkah

Rebooting Hanukkah

The meaning of the holiday changes -- and that might even be the meaning of the holiday Published in the Times of Israel December 7, 2018 What is Hanukkah? This is how the Talmud begins its short foray into the origins of Hanukkah. Remarkably, there is very little material in the Talmud on Hanukkah. While [more]
What is Chanukah?

What is Chanukah?

What is Chanukah?    This is how the Talmud begins its short foray into the origins of Chanukah. Remarkably, there is very little material in the Talmud on Chanukah.  While Purim has a tractate all its own, Chanukah merits a few scattered lines and a number of minor mentions.  Chanukah was apparently not very much [more]
Can you see the flowering Eshel in the wilderness?

Can you see the flowering Eshel in the wilderness?

Parashat VaYeira By Miryam Kabakov The Eshel community was invited to spend a recent Shabbat with the Sixth Street and Stanton Street shuls, two Orthodox communities on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  The hospitality, hachnassat orchim, extended by these shuls made us feel like these were our communities.  Orthodox allies intermingled, learned together, ate and celebrated with [more]