A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 5.19.23

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 5.19.23

May 19, 2023   A short word about Wednesday’s NightShul presentation Shavu’ot Services A remembrance of Ben Schaeffer   Looking at the calendar, it wasn’t that long ago that I visited Israel on the exceptional UJA-Federation mission in March. But “news time” moves much faster in Israel lately, and so … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 5.12.23

May 12, 2023   This past Wednesday, we had a presentation from Founder and President of the Center for Peace Communications (and EMJC member) Joseph Braude. The Center for Peace Communications, a New York-based non-profit, works to “roll back divisive ideologies and foster a mindset of inclusion and engagement” in … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 5.5.23

May 5, 2023   Today we celebrate a minor Jewish holiday called Pesach Sheni – “second Passover.” The roots of the holiday are Biblical – a group of Israelites are unable to partake of the Passover sacrifice because they have come into contact with a corpse (and hence are “unclean”). … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 4.21.23

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine   This coming week, we will observe Israeli Memorial Day and Israeli Independence Day. Memorial Day is perhaps the most solemn day on the Israeli calendar – it is a time for remembering fallen IDF soldiers and those who were lost to acts … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 4.14.23

The Israeli Holidays at EMJC   The two weeks that follow Passover are a time of deep reflection in Israel and throughout the Jewish world. This coming week, we commemorate the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah v’haG’vurah – Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. The following week, on Tuesday, we observe Yom … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 3.24.23

Email 3.24   My intensive UJA Federation Mission to Israel ended on Thursday night. I spent Shabbat in the Galil with old friends and headed back to Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon. I discovered that some friends from Toronto happened to be in Israel for a bat mitzvah, and so I … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 3.17.23

March 17, 2023   Shabbat shalom from Israel.   As many of you are aware, I have been in Israel this past week with a UJA Federation-sponsored “mission to Israel,” along with 23 other New York-area rabbis. We arrived late Monday afternoon and parted ways last night. The ostensible purpose … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 3.10.23

March 10, 2023   As most of you know by now, I am headed to Israel (please God, as they say) on Sunday night on a consolation-prize mission to Israel with UJA-Federation. As I have mentioned in several venues, I think the purpose of the trip is to demonstrate to … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 2.24.23

February 24, 2023   Earlier this week, we welcomed in Rosh Chodesh Adar, the opening days of the month in which we celebrate the holiday of Purim. The sages famously tell us miShenichnas adar marbim simcha – “when Adar comes in, joy increases!” With the first of the month, we anticipate the … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 2.10.23

February 10, 2023   There are two disparate things on my mind this week that, together, are taking up a great deal of space in my consciousness. The first is the unspeakable tragedy unfolding in southern Turkey and Syria in the aftermath of the earthquake earlier this week. Under any … READ MORE