Shabbat to Shabbat: Confronting Darkness

Written by // Rabbi Samantha Shabman Categories D'var Torah

I always look towards February 2nd with excitement! It is none other than the long awaited holiday of Groundhog’s day. As you may know, Punxsutawney Phil crawls out of his hole. If he sees his shadow, winter weather will continue for six weeks.  If no shadow appears, spring is near. Although it has been beautiful and sunny in Atlanta, I still approached February 2nd with enthusiasm. I prayed that spring, and the hope and optimism that comes with the season, would be just around the corner. Unfortunately, Phil saw his shadow indicating that we have 6 more weeks of winter, and the coinciding darkness of the season.  


Shabbat to Shabbat: A Reason to Celebrate

Written by // Rabbi Ron M. Segal Categories D'var Torah

Put on your thinking caps and see if you can guess what each of the following things have in common:

  • Full House (TV Show)
  • Panera Bread
  • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (Whitney Houston song)
  • The Simpsons
  • Prozac J
  • Disposable Contact Lenses
  • The Princess Bride (one my all-time favorite films)

Know the answer?  Add one more thing – The Temple Sinai Preschool – and you’ll have a list of eight significant, impactful, and remarkable things that were created in 1987, all of which are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year!  


Shabbat to Shabbat: Praying with our Fingertips

Written by // Rabbi Bradley G. Levenberg Categories D'var Torah

Inclusivity and accessibility are not just words that we apply at Temple Sinai in the month of February. Sure, February is National Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, and it is important to highlight our initiatives about inclusion and accessibility during that month. But we are diligent and attentive during the other 11 months of the year as well.

Shabbat to Shabbat: The Responsibility of Freedom

Written by // Beth Schafer Categories D'var Torah

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect." 
This quote by First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, has fueled many American causes in recent history. It also echoes the Jewish understanding that with our redemption from slavery in Egypt, we, as Jews, are expected to rise to the call of Torah, to live up to the commandments that transformed a tribe of Israelites into the a nation of Jewish people, and seek out justice wherever we encounter its absence. As Jews, we are reminded of this charge at Passover, but as Americans we are also
reminded of this obligation when we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His work, although it moved our nation forward by leaps and bounds regarding racial inequality and civil rights, is not yet complete.

Shabbat to Shabbat: Connecting with God

Written by // Rabbi Samantha Shabman Categories D'var Torah

Fridtjof Nansen a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and champion skier and ice skater once said: “It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport." As I trade in my sneakers for ski boots each year, I revisit this quote and what it means to me.

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