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Cantor’s Corner Parshat Beshallach

01/17/2019 10:49:30 AM

Jan17

Shabbat Shira – The Sabbath of Song and Musical Archaeology

This Shabbat we will hear the chanting of the Shirat HaYam – The Song of the Sea.  The Shira is written in a style of Hebrew much older than the rest of the book of Shemot/Exodus. Most scholars consider it the oldest surviving text describing the Exodus from Egypt.  Additionally, the special melody used when it is chanted is considered the oldest surviving piece...Read more...

Parshat Bo

01/09/2019 05:22:19 PM

Jan9

 

This week’s parsha begins with God speaking to Moses, saying “Go again to Pharaoh….”  The word “Bo”, meaning “Go”, is in the command verb form.  This moment echoes the moment in the book of B’reishit when God says to Abraham “Lech Lecha”, meaning “Go Forward! You!”.  Lech comes from the verb “to walk” and Bo means “go” or “come”.  The verbs are different but the command...Read more...

Cantor’s Corner December 20, 2018

12/19/2018 05:19:38 PM

Dec19

Welcoming the Stranger – 3,000 Years Ago And Right Now!

The current immigration crisis on the Mexican border is a hugely divisive issue that inflames opinions and emotions.  Exaggeration and “catastrophizing” are common to all side of the debate.  

Our Torah tell us 36 times to “welcome the stranger”.  This commandment is repeated more times than any other commandment in the Torah.  The...Read more...

Joseph and Chanukah – Assimilation and Intermarriage  

12/12/2018 05:19:00 PM

Dec12

The stories about Joseph in the Torah that we are reading during these weeks address surprisingly contemporary themes.  Assimilation is on our minds at this time of year.   How much of Christmas to tolerate or allow in to our lives?  For example, do you correct people who say “Merry Christmas” to you?  Do you go to Christmas parties or share the holiday with non-Jewish family or friends or politely decline? ...Read more...

Pirsum Ha-Nes – Publicizing the Miracle

12/05/2018 05:27:10 PM

Dec5

The Talmud discussion about the proper way to light Chanukah lights seems to have a definite agenda.  The spiritual goal of all the debate about how many lights on which night, what kind of wicks, what kind of oil, where to put the candelabra – menorah or Chanukiah –is to publicize the miracle of the oil.  This may be a surprise to many.  Most of us are focused on the lighting itself, the beauty of the light for its own...Read more...

Is Thanksgiving a Jewish Holiday?

11/21/2018 06:18:42 PM

Nov21

In their search for religious freedom, the Puritans viewed their journey to America as a mirror image of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. England was Egypt, the king was Pharaoh, the Atlantic Ocean their Red Sea, and the Puritans were the Israelites, entering into a new covenant with God in a new Promised Land. In fact, most of the Puritans had Hebrew names and there was even a proposal to make Hebrew the language of the...Read more...

Cantor Bromberg’s Remarks at POINT Thanksgiving Service, November 14, 2018Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, Poway

11/14/2018 06:04:13 PM

Nov14

 

I am so grateful for the honor to address YOU – grateful for the effort each one of you went through to be here – from putting it on your calendar, to parking just a few minutes ago.  Grateful to POINT for organizing this event and to the Poway Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints for hosting us this evening.

As a representative of the Jewish community I was deeply touched and grateful for the love...Read more...

Parshat Toledot Esau

11/09/2018 07:56:34 AM

Nov9

 

In Parshat Toledot Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for food when he is “dying” of hunger.  Then later Jacob also gets the blessing of the firstborn by tricking his father with his mother’s help.  These two things together seem to be an inheritance which is irretrievably lost to Esau.  He is effectively disinherited.

Esau becomes part of the line of Ishmael – marrying one of his daughters. ...Read more...

Parshat Chayeh Sarah – Judaism’s Loving Approach to Loss

11/01/2018 12:00:00 AM

Nov1

Although our parsha this week is called “The Life of Sarah”, it tells the story of her death.  This story teaches us the importance of our conduct upon the loss of a loved one – our mourning practices establish our presence and dignity as a people.   This horrible and painful week, we have been shocked, bereaved, have mourned, have reached out and been answered by people of faith and hope and have taken action.  We...Read more...

Mon, January 21 2019 15 Shevat 5779