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Perashat Vayesse 5778

Friday, November 16, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. So I moved here from London just four months ago. Yes, we do get a decent amount of rain, but we don't get all that much snow. Any snow whatsoever shuts the whole country down. They just can't deal with it. "In New York," they said, "they REALLY know how to deal with snow. The streets are cleared. The plows are out in force, and the streets are salted more than kosher meat." (Ok fine, no one says that last part.) ...

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Perashat Toledot 5779

Friday, November 09, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Every word in the Torah is layered with meaning and purpose. When something is given a lot of coverage then it clearly demands our attention. The Torah spends a lot of time talking about our Forefathers' struggles to have children. First is the long, difficult wait for Abraham and Sarah. Then we read about Ribka and Yitzhak and the depth of their prayers for children. Then there is Rachel who says to Yaakob, "Give me children! For if you can't I will die". ...

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Perashat Haye Sarah 5779

Friday, November 02, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

To my dear congregation, Nearly a week has passed since the tragic news hit us that an evil and senseless violence destroyed a community and broke the hearts of a Nation. A darkness has descended upon us all. We watched clip after clip, news story after news story, swallowing up any and all details we could get our hands on. Perhaps we were driven by a desperate hope that if we saw enough, read enough, and discussed it enough, we might understand. ...

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Perashat Vayera 5779

Friday, October 26, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Abraham is promised that his children will be like the stars in the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. Yet, as we are all too well aware, we Jews are amongst the smallest of nations. What happened to God's promise? ...

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Perashat Lekh Lekha 5779

Friday, October 19, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

54 years is a long time. Just ask any Rangers fan. We went 54 years before winning another Stanley Cup in '94. I'll never forget Nick Kypreos hoisting the Cup like it was Simhat Torah on ice. As he skated by the roaring crowd a historic photo was snapped, the trophy raised to the heavens under a sign that simply read, "Now I can die in peace!". 54 years. It takes a lot to win a championship. It's not something you can just dowhenever you like. It's not as if there is one small problem you could just fix, and that would be that. Because surely something like that wouldn't take 54 years, right? ...

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Perashat Noah 5779

Friday, October 12, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Le'Veon Bell and Noah ​Pittsburgh is home of one of my favorite things in the world. Heinz Ketchup. But for all of its tomato-ey goodness, it is not a hot topic issue in the city today. Known as the "Steel City" and the "City of Bridges", there are precisely ZERO 'bridges' being built by the 'Steelers'.

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Perashat Beresheet 5779

Friday, October 05, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

We are poised, ready. Beresheet, the beginning. We tend to see things in their simplest forms: Beginning. End. Happiness. Sadness. Success. Failure. However, the truth is anything but simple. ...

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Simhat Torah 5779

Friday, September 28, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Simhat Torah is one of the most joyous holidays in the Jewish Calendar. It celebrates the "Joy of the Torah". A question that I get asked often is, "Why do we need another Holiday to celebrate the Torah if we already have Shabuot?" The Dubno Magid offers a beautiful answer in the form of an example. Imagine someone was given the hand of the princess in marriage by the king. They celebrate the wedding in true royal fashion. No expense is spared in this magnificent royal wedding. By evening's end every person agrees that it was the most beautiful marriage celebration ever. ...

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Perashat Ha'azinu 5779

Friday, September 21, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

May my teachings drop like rain, my words flow like the dew." (Debarim 32-2) Moshe Rabbenu uses two words to describe the way he hopes his teachings should be taken, as rain and as dew. Those two words are instructive. They teach us how to teach. Dew is soft; it sits gently on the surface. Rain penetrates the earth, at times causing flooding and sometimes even sweeping away parts of the earth. ...

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Shabbat Teshuba 5779

Friday, September 14, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Frustrated. That's really the best word for it, isn't it? I know that I'm standing here yet again, about to ask on the holiest day of the year for forgiveness, promising change. Will God believe me? What if I don't even believe myself? So what am I even doing here?? ...

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