Women's Experience

UP AGAINST THE SEA, by Chaya Parkoff

In this week’s Torah portion the Israelites are up against a wall, or more literally, up against a sea. After the incredible demonstration of God’s Total Power via the plagues, one might expect  that the Israelites would trust God and the process – like the saying “God didn’t bring you this far to drop you.”

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Jewish Humor

A Nice Jewish Dog

A guy gets a new dog, a nice Jewish dog. He names the dog Einstein and trains Einstein to do a couple of tricks. He can’t wait to show Einstein off to his neighbor.

A few weeks later when the neighbor finally comes over, the guy calls Einstein into the house, bragging about how smart he is

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Sparks of Torah

Why Tomorrow?

The Egyptian empire had been devastated and their nation couldn’t wait until we would leave and they could recoup from all of their losses. However, before we could leave, we were commanded to take from the Egyptians gold, silver and their various belongings. Rashi cites the Talmud that Hashem requested that we should honor this command and indeed take from the Egyptians their possessions.

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This Week in Pictures

Last weekend, our Sunday Experience families enjoyed the fabulous Kids Mega Challah Bake, complete with live entertainment from Rabbi B! What a fun time was had by all – including making Tzedakah boxes and, of course, plenty of Challah!

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Recipes

Sharing Our Stories Through Food: Grandma Jean’s Apple Cake

Submitted by Susan Kramer

Everyone has a favorite apple cake recipe, right? My favorite is my Grandma Jean’s. It’s my favorite because it’s yummy, but also because I have the recipe in her handwriting. 

Grandma Jean loved to cook in the tiny kitchen in her one bedroom apartment. The baked goods that were prepared there were prepared with love.

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Sparks of Torah

The Message

Originally when Moshe questioned Hashem about the merit of the nation to be rescued from Egypt, the answer given was that they would receive the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Seemingly, the fundamental rationale for leaving bondage was to accept the Torah and become the nation of Hashem.

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Jewish Humor

The Two Bees

Two bees ran into each other.
The first bee asked the other how things were going. “Really bad,” said the second bee. “The weather has been really wet and damp and there aren’t any flowers or pollen, so I can’t make any honey.”
“No problem,” said the first bee. “Just fly down five blocks and turn left. Keep going until you see all the cars. There’s a Bar Mitzvah going on and there are all kinds of fresh flowers and fruit.”

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This Week In Pictures

Another week and another roundup of photos. First up, did you know that the SMS Minyan is still going strong – every Friday Morning?

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Effort by Samantha Clague

In last week’s Torah portion, Shemos, we learn that Pharaoh orders midwives Yocheved and Miriam to kill the male children. He makes this decree to insure that the astrologers prediction of a Jewish savior does not come to fruition. Rather than follow the orders of the king, these courageous women did the opposite

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Sparks of Torah

Why Are We Leaving?

The exodus of the nation from Egypt was certainly a pivotal juncture in our history. A nation enslaved for generations suddenly marches out of captivity as their masters’ empire disintegrates beset by a series of plagues unknown to man. At the helm is Moshe, later described in the Torah as the most humble person on the planet.

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