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Rabbi’s Corner: Moses and Jethro as Models of Leadership Heading into the Primary Elections

“Vote-by-mail” for the presidential primary elections begins this coming Monday, February 5th, 2024. Where did the last four years go?! Like all registered voters in Orange County, I recently received my Voter Information Guide in the mail. We are so fortunate to live in a country where we have the freedom, privilege, and the right […]

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Rabbi’s Corner:These Are the Names – V’Eileh Sh’mot

  On this first Shabbat of 2024 we begin reading the first chapter of the book of Exodus, the book of Sh’mot. The word “sh’mot” literally means “names” as the first portion, our parasha for this week, begins “V’eileh sh’mot b’nei Yisrael ha’ba’im Mitzraimah et Ya’akov..These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with […]

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Rabbi’s Corner: “Gifts” That Bring Us Hope

                 Banner in lobby of Providence/St. Joseph’s Hospital. Photo: Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel   Sometimes we receive gifts when we least expect. At times, it is those unexpected gifts that can lift us up and bring us hope when we most need it. Those unexpected gifts can have the most meaningful impact on our lives. […]

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Rabbi’s Corner: Shabbat Chanukah – Lighting Sparks in the Darkness (and an Update on the Santa Ana City Council Meeting)

This past Tuesday evening, Rabbi Gersh Zylberman (Senior Rabbi of Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach) and I attended the Santa Ana City Council meeting to speak against the draft resolution in “Solidarity with the Palestinian People and in Support of a Ceasefire.” As I wrote to you earlier, the resolution was full of egregious false […]

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