The Temple Mount and the Meaning of Tisha b’Av

The Holy Temple in Jerusalem last stood 1,946 years ago. But it continues to figure large in Jewish consciousness. No fewer than three annual fast days recall its destruction; yesterday’s Fast of Tisha b’Av was the set finale. Central components of our liturgy recall the religious activities from the days when the central shrine stood; Musaf on Holy Days serves exactly that […]

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Passover and New Kitniyot Guidelines

From the Responsum: In order to bring down the cost of making Pesah and support the healthier diet that is now becoming more common, and given the inapplicability today of the primary concerns that seem to have led to the custom of prohibiting kitniyot; and further, given our inclination in our day to present an accessible Judaism unencumbered by unneeded prohibitions, more easily able to participate in the culture that surrounds us, we are prepared to rely on the fundamental observance recorded in the Talmud and codes and permit the eating of kitniyot on Pesah.

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Dedication of Siddur Lev Shalem

A new horizon will be reached this Shabbat morning, when our congregation inaugurates Siddur Lev Shalem (The Complete Heart Prayer Book) during worship services. The inauguration ceremony culminates our congregation’s months-long process of consideration, approval and finally procurement of the newly-published prayer book, created for use in Conservative Jewish congregations. The prayer book is just the latest in the on-going efforts of […]

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Young Ohev Couples Go to the Movies

A week ago our newly-formed Ohev Sholom Young Couples Club met at Ward Parkway Shopping Center for coffee and movie (Deadpool). Todah Rabbah to our Member Services Committee, under the able guidance of Meredith Farnan, for organizing the club and planning the movie outing — and, crucially, providing baby sitting at the synagogue during the event. You’ll note from the photo below, […]

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Enjoy Study, Music and Celebrations With Us

Bet Midrash resumes at 7:00 pm tomorrow (Tuesday) evening in the Ohev Sholom library, at which time we once again will enter the spiritual world of the Jewish Sages of yore, as reflected through the Talmud’s great repository of wisdom, Pirkei Avot (Chapters of the Fathers). This year’s initial session kicks off with a special surprise; be there on time and enjoy […]

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