Weekly Torah – Tzav
March 18, 2019 by mdesser • Uncategorized 0 Comments
A lesson in humility, and using small moments to create healing. Please click HERE for commentary on this week’s Torah portion, Tzav.
Ner tamid – Some Torah commentary
February 13, 2019 by mdesser • Learning, Uncategorized 0 Comments
You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly. – Exodus 27:20 For commentary and text from ReformJudaism.org on the Torah portion for this week, please click
Ashkenazi Jews & Genetic Disease Propensity
January 29, 2019 by mdesser • Uncategorized 0 Comments
A very informative commentary from Wendy Goldberg: Ashkenazi Jews are a population with a large number of genetic mutations which have concentrated over centuries of inbreeding. There is genetic testing available based on family history of breast and other cancers to identify the markers BRCA 1 and 2, as well as to test survivors of […]
Let’s be like Avraham and Sarah and change the world one person at a time.
November 4, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
You only get one opportunity to make a first impression.
October 26, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
After months of planning and design, this week we finally unveiled the new BRS website – www.brsonline.org We are very proud of its great features including a FAQ section for people who live here, those looking to move and those visiting. We have videos, podcasts, a blog, photo galleries, and much more. We have also […]
We are a people only because of the book
October 19, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
Imagine the following scene playing out on CSPAN: On a specific day of the year, the Supreme Court justices together with the member of Congress take copies of the United States Constitution and dance around the floor of the House of Representatives while singing, clapping and lifting the law books high in the air. With […]
I must admit, I am confounded and conflicted in my emotions.
October 11, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
Zman simchaseinu, Sukkos as a time of great joy, took on a whole new meaning this year with the announcement that Gilad Shalit will be released in the next few days. After 5 years languishing in a Hamas dungeon in an undisclosed location with absolutely no visits or contact from family, the people of Israel […]
True greatness is not the ability to obey your thirst, it is the capacity to resist your thirst.
October 7, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
We are living in a time and culture that promote happiness, satisfaction and indulgence. Indeed, we are regularly inundated with messages and marketing such as “obey your thirst,” and “just do it.” In that context it is particularly difficult and onerous to observe a fast and to resist the temptation for food and water for […]
We should be focused on lifting ourselves up instead of knocking ourselves down.
September 29, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
This week, I received an email from one of the many Jewish organizations who have me on their list. The subject line was the usual Rosh Hashana salutation and well wishes. Indeed, the email began in the familiar fashion – “as the year comes to a close, it is natural for each of us to […]
A Museum Tackles Myths About Jews and Money
March 25, 2019 by mdesser • Media 0 Comments
Click HERE for an interesting article from the New York Times. Thank you to Rich Sherman for sending this over!