Alternative Mourner’s Kaddish

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Shabbat Parashat B’Shalach Shabbat Shira The Best Is Yet To Come

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all the warm wishes, generous donations, and for the Kiddush Luncheon in my honor this Shabbat!  I truly appreciate our congregation taking part in the celebration of the two JTS awards that I am being honored with this year.  It has been a blessing for me to have had such a wonderfully active and creative congregation in which I could serve as rabbi for the past (almost) two decades! And, I look forward to the future with a feeling of great joy and gratitude in my heart.

This Shabbat, Shabbat Shira, the Shabbat in which we read the Song of the Sea, resonates with celebrations and with joy and gratitude.  In ancient times, Moses and Miriam and our people sang in great joy when they successfully crossed the Red Sea.  This Shabbat we relive their joy and gratitude.  But, most importantly, the Song of the Sea begins with an introduction: “Az Yashir Moshe u’v’nay Yisrael...”  In Hebrew, Az Yashir literally means: In the future, Moses and the people of Israel will sing.

Celebrations in which we can look forward to future endeavors are the best celebrations.

As is described of Moses and the people of Israel in our Torah portion “Az Yashir“, may we all experience joy and gratitude in our present lives, and look forward to the best that is yet to come in the future!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Gilah Dror

Tidbits of Torah

Shabbat Parashat Pinchas

Shabbat Mevarekhim HaChodesh 

Profound and Perplexing Pieces in Siddur Lev Shalem      

July 7, 2018 – 24 Tammuz 5778 

Dear Friends,


Our recent heat wave and July 4th having come and gone are clear indications that summer is upon us!   I hope that you have had an opportunity to celebrate July 4th and that you have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the summer months!

Beginning this coming Monday, July 9th, Tidbits of Torah (and I) will be on vacation for  three weeks.  However, I take this opportunity to throw out the following two questions to you in the hopes that I will find your responses in my email inbox when I return from my vacation.

Here are the questions:

1. What is your favorite choice of a profound reading/prayer/commentary in Siddur Lev Shalem?  Please say a few words on why you chose that piece.

2.  What is your choice of a perplexing reading/prayer/commentary in Siddur Lev Shalem?  Say a few words on why you chose that piece.

In your response/s, please be sure to include the title and the Siddur Lev Shalem page number of your chosen piece/s!

Now that I got those questions out to you…I hope to see you at Friday night and Shabbat services this Shabbat!  On Saturday morning we will be blessing the new Jewish month of Av.  Rosh Chodesh Av will be on Thursday night and on Friday of next week.  May it be a month of blessing and of comfort to all.

Shabbat Shalom!


Rabbi Gilah Dror