Blessings Lie Beyond The Darkness

My D’var Torah (words of Torah) from Friday night, January 22nd So many of us have gone through or are currently going through extremely dark and trying times.  Whether it be an illness, a death, a crumbling relationship, a financial crisis, whether it be overwhelming depression or anxiety, a powerful addiction, feeling lost, alone or hopeless – when our life shatters around us, the pain can be overwhelming. In the section of Torah known as Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16) which was read in synagogues last week (the week of January 17th), we are reminded that the 10 plagues were not sent by God to convince Pharaoh to free the Israelites – rather they were sent to teach the Israelites the power of God.  The terrible fear and darkness that filled Egypt with each plague was God’s way of teaching the Israelites faith.  It was only after the Israelites had experienced the…

Last week, as I encouraged us all to appreciate the blessings that came with the unusual cold weather, I wrote the following: “Unlike other geographical regions of our…

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Please consider making a donation as I run the A1A Half Marathon in honor of my synagogue, Ramat Shalom.  Donations are being accepted here: http://www.active.com/donate/irunwalk4ramatshalom/rabbiandrew.  Your generosity will…

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