Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Delivered by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev on September 16, 2022)  I know that as Jews, we say this pretty much all year round, but it’s that time of the year again. We are in the month of Elul. The High Holy Days are almost upon us. Tomorrow night, […]

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Haftarat Shoftim: Do You Hear The Herald?

Haftarat Shoftim: Do You Hear The Herald? (A discussion led by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev on September 3, 2022)   This week’s haftarah is the fourth of the seven haftarot of consolation following Tish’ah B’Av. Like the others, it comes from Deutero-Isaiah.[1] The text comforts the exiled Israelites, telling them that the day is coming […]

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Haftarat Eikev: The Evolution of G-d (as We Know Them) (A discussion led by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev on August 20, 2022) We just read this week’s haftarah,[1] the second of the Seven Haftarot of Consolation, read during the seven weeks following Tishah B’Av. The Haftarah opens in Isaiah 49:14 with the words: וַתֹּאמֶר צִיּוֹן: […]

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Parashat Eikev: Hearing The Silent Shema

Parashat Eikev: Hearing The Silent Shema (delivered by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev on August 19, 2022)  It’s so wonderful to be with you all once again after a meaningful summer break in Israel. While Rosh HaShanah is over a month away, this begins my second year as the student rabbi at Am HaYam. While I […]

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Parashat Beha’alotcha: When It’s Not Too Late (Delivered by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev on Friday, June 17, 2022)   Shabbat shalom everyone. It is so good to be with you all tonight on Zoom. I am sorry I wasn’t at CAH for Shavuot, but I was not feeling well. I felt bad about not being […]

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Parashat K’doshim: The Holiness Mirror

Parashat K’doshim: The Holiness Mirror delivered by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev on Saturday, May 7, 2022   We just finished reading this week’s Torah portion, K’doshim. K’doshim is about holiness. Its passages form the core of what is referred to as the Holiness Code. K’doshim begins, “You shall be holy, for I, HaShem your G!d, […]

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Pesach Passages: A Pre-Passover Haggadah Study (Taught by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev on Saturday, April 2, 2022)   As Passover (Pesach) draws near, it is not uncommon for people to make preparations for the holiday days in advance. For some of us, we must figure out logistics such as cleaning our home, kashering our kitchen, […]

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Parashat Tzav

Parashat Tzav (delivered by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev on March 18, 2022)  Purim has come and gone, and, oh, what fun we had! It was so great to see everyone’s costumes, to hear the Megillah, and to sing songs together. I think it’s important to have time to relax and enjoy ourselves. In Judaism, that […]

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Shabbat Pikudei: The Invasion of Ukraine–Where Is G!d? (Delivered by Student Rabbi Maayan Lev on Friday, March 4, 2022)   For those of us in the building with me, it is so great to be together in our sanctuary once again. There is still great value in having hybrid services. It allows those of  us […]

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