Category Archives: Messages

Rabbi Tom’s Message: Finding our Lech Lecha Moment

The traditional American synagogue model is showing signs of age. Over the past two decades, membership has declined across the United States, forcing many synagogues to merge or to close. And yet, most research shows that American Jews are desperately … Continue reading

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A Message from Rabbi Tom: Havdalah at MCJC

January – February 2019 – Kislev/Tevet/Sh’vat Volume 5780 On November 17, the MCJC community gathered on a Saturday evening for a Havdalah program. We sang, prayed the mystical Havdalah service, ate and schmoozed (of course), and kids of all ages … Continue reading

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A Message From Rabbi Tom: Conflict As A Sign Of Trust

November/December 2018 – Cheshvan/Kislev/Tevet Volume 5779 Over the past two years since I assumed the role of spiritual leader at MCJC, so much has happened. Many of our members have found their Jewish voices and their Jewish community at MCJC. … Continue reading

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A Message From Rabbi Tom: Breaking The Torah

September/October 2018 – Elul/Tishrei/Cheshvan Volume 5778-5779 Rabbi Harold Schulweis, may his memory be a blessing, tells a beautiful story of a 19th century Chassidic rabbi by the name of Rabbi Mordecai. Rabbi Mordechai was the poor rabbi of a very … Continue reading

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A Message From Rabbi Tom: A Judaism That Touches Our Souls

MCJC CONNECTIONS July/August 2018 ~ Tammuz/Av/Elul ~ Volume 5778 At the very beginning of the Torah’s Book of Numbers, Bamidbar, the Israelite nation is commanded by God to take a military census as preparation for their upcoming war to conquer … Continue reading

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A Message from Rabbi Tom

MCJC Connections May/June 2018 ~ Iyar/Sivan/Tamuz ~ Volume 5778 Leadership guru Jim Collins describes a great leader as “an individual who blends extreme personal humility with an intense professional will.” Collins points out that such a combination is a rarity … Continue reading

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A Message From Rabbi Tom: Sharing and Exchanging the World of Ideas

MCJC Connections March/April 2018 * Adar/Nissan/Iyar * Volume 5778 An ancient legend teaches that when our ancestors stood at Mount Sinai, God said to them, “Before I give you my Torah, you must give me something precious that proves that … Continue reading

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A Message from Rabbi Tom: Finding God in the Everyday

MCJC Connections January/February 2018 ~ Tevet/Shevat/Adar ~ Vol. 5778 By Rabbi Tom Rabbi Rami Shapiro tells a story: Reb Yaakov Shimshon of Kosov loved to share with his students the stories of the great Rebbes and their Hassidim. It once … Continue reading

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The Essence of Jewish Education

MCJC Connections January/February 2018 ~ Tevet/Shevat/Adar ~ Vol. 5778 By Rabbi Tom The Hebrew word for education is chinuch. The Talmud associates this word with the word chen, grace. That education, in the Jewish tradition, is the act of drawing-out, … Continue reading

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A Message from Rabbi Tom: Finding Warmth from Within

MCJC Connections November/December 2017 ~ Cheshvan/Kislev/Tevet ~ Vol. 5778 As winter encroaches, my thoughts and dreams transition to finding warmth and hope, to finding those fleeting moments of light, in the mystical. And towards this, I turn to the great … Continue reading

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