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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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Rosh HaShanah 5779

Friday, September 07, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

What makes the Shofar such a powerful force? Why is it an agent for change? Can't I make up a list of New Year's resolutions without the aid of a ram's horn?

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Perashat Ki Tabo 5778

Friday, August 31, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

We all like to feel like we've got life figured out. We know basically where we are going and how to get there. We know how to get all the sweet blessings that life has to offer. It's just a matter of bridging the gap between where we are and the fulfillment of our dreams. But sometimes nothing could be further from the truth. ...

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Perashat Ki Tisse 5778

Friday, August 24, 2018 Author: Rabbi Shlomo Farhi

Perhaps one of the most famous rhymes in England's history is one that begins, "Remember, remember, the fifth of November...". It asks the people twice to "Remember, remember" the treachery of Guy Fawkes, and his part in a failed plot to blow up the House of Lords, and with it King James I, nearly 400 years ago. ​Our Perasha trumps this famous poem. In it the Torah asks us to "Remember, Remember, Remember". ...

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