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“ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU…..”             PARSHAT HUKAT/BALAK- 7/4/20

07/06/2020 12:18:22 PM

Jul6

Rabbi Weinberg

The Plano city council voted Wednesday evening.   You and I are not required to wear masks in public.  Against the wishes of the mayor and 83 percent of the public who responded, the referendum was defeated. It was argued, a requirement to wear a mask is an infringement on one’s freedom. It represents government overreach.

It is an infringement on my freedom...Read more...

ARE YOU REALLY JEALOUS FOR MY SAKE? PARSHAT B’HAALOT’CHA, 6/13/2020

06/19/2020 12:34:22 PM

Jun19

Rabbi Weinberg

In a shocking editorial in the New York Times this week, Brett Stephens, a staunch defender of Israel and a writer with tremendous courage and stature wrote the following, “There is a ferocious intellectual intolerance sweeping the country and much of the journalistic establishment with it. Contrary opinions aren’t just wrong but unworthy of discussion. The range of political views deemed morally unfit for publication seems to grow ever...Read more...

WHEN THE MOTOR STOPS…..WE STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE PARSHAT NASO, 6/6/2020

06/19/2020 12:31:13 PM

Jun19

Rabbi Weinberg

Imagine the camera spanning the streets of a major urban center in our country a few short weeks ago. The impressive buildings stand empty. The streets are clean and still. Not a person, not an automobile is present. Silence dominates the scene.

The Doner Ad agency in Detroit produced an amazing ad entitled, “When The Motor Stops.” Utilizing the backdrop of a vacated downtown Detroit they created the following powerful...Read more...

YIZKOR FOR SHAVUOT 5/28/2020

06/18/2020 11:18:26 AM

Jun18

Rabbi Weinberg

Naomi Levy, our Arnie Sweet Scholar in Residence just a few years ago composed the following beautiful prayer. To be recited when we light our Yizkor candle- which we did just a few minutes ago- I want to share her touching words with you.

 

I haven’t forgotten you, even though it’s been some time now since I’ve seen your face, touched your hand, heard your voice. You are with me all the...Read more...

Virtual Kabbalat & Havdalah

03/20/2020 10:38:01 AM

Mar20

Dear haverim,   Our virtual minyan, in spite of the circumstances has proven to be an amazing technological tool for us.  It enables us to connect to our community, welcome some dear friends and family to our minyan (Bob  Westle was spotted yesterday afternoon, in addition to my sister and brother-in-law… Jordana, who is in Israel joined us earlier in the day!), recognize lots of familiar faces, and share a few special moments...Read more...

Bright lights - Virtual Minyanim & Zoom link

03/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

Mar19

Dear haverim,   I trust everyone is beginning to adapt to this new set of norms that have redefined reality for all of us.  I constantly find myself reverting back to 9-11.  In the course of one day- one catastrophic set of events- life as we knew it changed dramatically.  Never again would we board an airplane without going through a metal detector.  The word terrorism would, forever remind us of the havoc introduced...Read more...

Anshai Online - Virtual Minyanim, study and Zoom link

03/17/2020 12:00:00 AM

Mar17

Dear haverim,   I think we are all beginning to acknowledge this is not going to be a short-term fight.  The CDC has encouraged us to think in terms of eight weeks and we all know this could be considerably longer.  Each one of us has to do our part and I am confident we can accept our role with grace and grit.    As you can imagine we have been hard at work at the shul, striving to assimilate the new norm.  We...Read more...

WE CAN BE EXCEPTIONALLY RESILIENT

03/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Mar16

Dear haverim,   I assume the last few days have been a blur for you as they have been for me.   I was following the development of this coronavirus scare with concern but it all changed late last week- the NBA cancelled its season!  In one move, everything seemed to follow.  The sporting world seemed to lead the way- people’s attention was immediately riveted.  The NHL, MLB, March Madness and the NCAA,...Read more...

COVID19 UPDATE - 2020-03-13; Facilities Closed

03/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

Mar13

Dear Haverim,   Unprecedented times demand unprecedented action.   Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the well-being of every member of our community we are compelled to announce that Anshai Torah will suspend all communal activities at our shul, effective immediately.  This decision, made in consultation with medical professionals and the leadership of our shul reflects the value we place on our community’s...Read more...
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