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Appreciating  Malchut (The Kingdom of God) Through  Our Everyday Jewish Experiences: By Eitan Bloostein

05/11/2021 01:00:01 PM


This week, we reflect on the Kabbalistic sefirah of malchut, Kingship or the Kingdom of God. This sefirah is interesting in that it is not a direct attribute of God but, rather, an attribute of how we as human beings see God.  God’s Kingdom is creation and God reigns as King over creation. Without creation, without human beings, there is no Kingdom, Kingship, or malchut.


At the start of the...

Creating a  Solid Yesod (Foundation) for our Children: by  Aileen Landau

05/04/2021 03:53:52 PM


This week of the Omer correlates to the Kabbalistic theme of Yesod, foundation. Yesod refers to the foundation on which the world is built. Not unlike building a house, there must be something solid as an anchor. When one builds a house, a concrete foundation must be poured. The world, when God created it, rests on Yesod, a foundation. In this case, the foundation is not concrete; in fact, it is said, “God hangs the world on...Read more...

Little Fires Everywhere: Lag B'Omer and Creating Micro Communities at Temple Aliyah

04/29/2021 12:05:21 PM


Kayla Reisman

Fire is central to many Jewish origins, traditions, stories, and rituals. Off the top of my head, here are a few that come to mind:

Adam, the first human, being created into an “ish” (man) from “esh” (fire)

The burning bush telling Moses to return to Egypt to free the Jewish people

Lighting candles on...

Celebrating Our  Netzachim (Victories) by Melissa Rudman

04/19/2021 11:33:27 AM


In Kabbalah, each of the seven weeks of the Omer-counting is associated with one of the seven lower sefirot:

1. Chesed (loving-kindness),

2. Gevurah (might),

3. Tipheret (beauty),

4. Netzach (victory),

5. Hod (acknowledgment),

6. Yesod (foundation),

7. Malchut (kingdom).

This week (half-way through!) the Kabbalistic theme is Netzach or victory. When we think of the word...Read more...

We Have a Flag - And it is Blue and White By Cantor Jamie Gloth

04/11/2021 10:16:29 PM


The counting of the omer, the seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot, actually has its roots in agriculture. An ‘omer’ is a sheaf of grain, and in the Torah, we are commanded to count seven weeks from Passover - the beginning of the grain harvest - until Shavuot - the end of the grain harvest.  In Temple times, this was marked by a sheaf of grain being offered at Passover, and two loaves of bread...Read more...

Visual  Counting of the Omer Contributed By Wilma Poyser

04/11/2021 09:14:46 PM


Wilma Poyser

Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Memorial Projects By Wilma Poyser and the 6th and 7th Grade Students at Mercaz Aliyah

04/05/2021 05:57:59 PM


Shalom, and Bruchim Habaim, my name is Wilma Poyser, and I'm the Holocaust Educator at Temple Aliyah. Wednesday, April 7th is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, and at 10 AM in Israel, sirens will sound and citizens all over Israel will stop for 2 minutes in memory, in respect, of 6 million Jewish souls who were lost in the Holocaust, 1.5 million of them children. 

Our sixth and seventh grade students at Mercaz Aliyah have...Read more...

How loving are we, really? By Rabbi Carl Perkins

03/29/2021 08:26:41 PM


Dear Friends,

I hope that your sedarim (seders) were joyful, informed and inspiring, and that you’re well into the Passover holiday spirit. (Macaroons, anyone?)

We are now in the first week of the Omer. Even before Passover ends, we begin counting the forty-nine days, the seven full weeks, until the next holiday, Shavuot, which commemorates the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Why do we do this? One answer,...

 Counting Up for the Omer   By Kayla Reisman

03/24/2021 03:54:06 PM


“You shall count from the eve of the second day of Pesach, when an omer of grain is to be brought as an offering, seven complete weeks. The day after the seventh week of your counting will make fifty days, and you shall present a new meal offering to God (Leviticus 23:15-16).”


As many of you know, on the second night of Passover (this year, Sunday night March 28th), we...Read more...

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