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Posted on January 26, 2020

Half Year Reset

In the Jewish world we are accustomed to the rhythms of a calendar year that marks its beginning in the Fall. It is the blossoming days of Fall in which we make our commitments for the year ahead.  With the backdrop of the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays) we make our promises and commitments that we Continue Reading »

Posted on December 15, 2019

Analyzing the Mitzvah of Purple Friday

This week, there’s been something of a Talmudic debate going on surrounding Purple Friday.  It’s taking place not in the halls of the Sanhedrin but in the Hoffberger Chapel and the Board Room during Parent Study Group. It goes something like this: Generally we wear purple on Friday during football season to show our support Continue Reading »

Posted on November 1, 2019

This month of Heshvan

As November sets in so does the Hebrew month of Heshvan. Traditionally, this month is referred to as mar Heshvan, or bitter Heshvan, due to it being the only Hebrew month without any special day. But now scholars believe that the term mar was always a part of the original Akkadian name and has nothing Continue Reading »

Posted on October 29, 2018

An Important Message From Our Rabbis

Our Dear Friends, Shabbat is supposed to be our refuge. Our break from the mundane of the every day, and ascension into the holy. Sadly, today that refuge was broken in an instant. Today we are all a community of mourners as our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh pick up the pieces of their torn Continue Reading »

Posted on October 27, 2018

Our hearts go out to Tree of Life Congregation

October 27, 2018 As you may know, there was a tragic incident this morning at our sister synagogue, Tree of Life Congregation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our hearts go out to the families affected by this senseless act of violence and to the congregation and community. Now is a time for our community to be unified and Continue Reading »

Posted on July 16, 2018

A thank you for your gracious welcome

Dear Chizuk Amuno Community,   It would be an abject understatement to say that this past weekend was perfect. Throughout last week I was religious about watching the forecast, and I was concerned as rain was a virtual certainty for Friday night. Apparently, we have the power here at Chizuk to stop the rain. Sunny skies prevailed Continue Reading »

Posted on May 14, 2018

Recognizing Gemilut Hasadim Volunteers

In the verses that we just read, bnei Yisrael are called avadim, servants, most particularly avadai, MY servants. God explains that God redeemed the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery for the purpose of doing God’s work. The people who are recognized here today are just a small representation of the over 450 Gemilut Hasadim volunteers who Continue Reading »

Posted on March 16, 2017

“Rabbi, I Have a Question”

  It is one of the things that make the rabbinate so very interesting. Every so often someone will call with an unusual question.  I’m not talking about the “Can I use soy milk on Pesach?” question which I get every year. I mean the truly unique questions which show the breadth and richness of Continue Reading »

Posted on March 7, 2017

“Just Such a Moment”

This week was the 52nd anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery in support of full civil rights for African Americans. It was with great excitement that I read the publicity for the anniversary and looked at the photos from the marches themselves and from the 50th anniversary celebrations with President Obama and some Continue Reading »

Posted on November 9, 2016

Planting Bulbs

I came to shul early this morning and left my door wide open to all those who might come seeking what a synagogue and community can provide. Krieger Schechter Lower School was just starting its day and after the Pledge and Hatikvah, teachers and children sang “My country, ‘ tis of thee, Sweet land of Continue Reading »