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06/19/2020 11:40:18 AM

Jun19

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Prove The Angels Wrong!

06/19/2020 11:47:20 AM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

I write these remarks today on  Juneteenth - an important and historic day in Texas and in the shadow of the tragic events that have occurred recently in the United States. 

We are at a critical moment here in the United States. Many people are hoping that terribly tragic events in the last few...Read more...

06/12/2020 11:39:06 AM

Jun12

Rabbi Barry Gelman

What Have You Done For Me Lately

06/12/2020 11:03:02 AM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Moshe is in for a surprise. As Bnei Yisrael journeys from Sinai towards the promised land, Moshe nervously anticipates the war that awaits them. We can feel his angst as he prays:  קוּמָ֣ה ׀ יְהוָ֗ה וְיָפֻ֙צוּ֙ אֹֽיְבֶ֔יךָ וְיָנֻ֥סוּ מְשַׂנְאֶ֖יךָ...Read more...

05/28/2020 11:38:12 AM

May28

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Kindness Is Never Ending

05/28/2020 10:00:17 AM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

This Yizkor, the second Yizkor that we find ourselves not able to be in shul, may be 

particularly difficult for people. 

Yizkor is made more meaningful by sharing it with community members. We are comforted by the presence and embrace of our friends and neighbors.

Without the emotional setting of the shul, the chanting of the Chazan and the faint sounds of sobbing, the power of Yizkor may be weakened.Read more...

05/22/2020 11:27:06 AM

May22

Rabbi Barry Gelman

What's In A Name

05/22/2020 01:29:58 PM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Today (Friday) is Yom Yerushalayim. 

Like many of you, I love Yerushalyim and miss her. Not a surprise to you, I love finding new bookstores...and I love going back to my favorites.

Of course, our celebration of Yom Yerushalayim is a result of the Six Day War - the almost unbelievable Israel victory in...Read more...

05/08/2020 11:23:45 AM

May8

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Reflections on Rabbi Nachum Rabinovitch

05/08/2020 11:26:24 AM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

This week, instead of a Dvar Torah on the Parsha,I would like to share with you some reflections on the occasion of the passing of Rav Nachum Rabinovitch. 

On Wednesday May 6th, Rabbi Nachum Rabinovitch, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva HEsder, Ma’aleh Adumim passed away at the age of...Read more...

05/01/2020 11:21:59 AM

May1

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Thought Prayer Was Just Contemplative...? Think Again!

05/01/2020 11:47:06 AM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

One of the most beautiful customs that I have ever come across is the practice of accepting upon oneself the MItzvah of “love your neighbor as yourself” before praying.  The Magen Avraham  put it simply: (מגן אברהם סימן מו)
 
       ...Read more...

04/24/2020 11:17:11 AM

Apr24

Rabbi Barry Gelman

We Are All Kohanim

04/24/2020 01:29:01 PM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

I recently read an article highlighting the ways people are AVOIDING social interaction these days. 

“The world used to be rich with excuses for cutting a conversation short: I should probably get home to feed my dog; this was fun, but I have to go to another party; and so on. But this new, locked-down era...Read more...

04/17/2020 11:16:13 AM

Apr17

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Corona and Gratitude

04/17/2020 07:40:03 PM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

I want to spend a few minutes on gratitude . 

Studies have shown being grateful can actually make you happier. There are other benefits of gratitude as well. 

“In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive...Read more...

04/14/2020 11:08:48 AM

Apr14

Rabbi Barry Gelman

What Time Is It? What Day Is It!?

04/14/2020 01:00:03 PM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

What Time Is It? What Day Is It?

I do not know about you, but keeping track of time is hard during this period of self quarantining and social distancing.  Giving up on our daily routine of having to get to school or work on time, scheduled times at the gym and the like have decayed our internal...Read more...

04/07/2020 10:26:38 AM

Apr7

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Pesach In The Time Of Corona (Shabbat Hagadol)

04/07/2020 09:52:23 AM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Pesach In The Time Of Corona.    (Click here for Video)

At first glance, it seems that the confluence of Pesach and the CoronaVirus pandemic have very little in common. 

Pesach is the story of the birth of the Jewish people after being freed from...Read more...

04/05/2020 10:21:37 AM

Apr5

Rabbi Barry Gelman

UOS Pesach Portal

04/05/2020 09:22:13 AM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Dear Friends,

First, I would like to wish you all a Chag Kasher V’sameach, a Kosher and joyous Pesach. I will add the prayer that this year we should all be blessed with good health and that the Corona pandemic speedily come to an end.

I am very happy to provide this Pesach Portal which should...Read more...

03/20/2020 10:16:27 AM

Mar20

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Kiddush Hashem Country

03/04/2020 10:48:49 AM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Last week, Robert M. Beren Academy’s High School basketball team, The Beren Stars, their family members and fans traveled to Waco, Texas for the Division IA state basketball championship tournament. Since the semi-finals were scheduled for Friday afternoon and the finals were scheduled for Saturday night, the school made...Read more...

03/13/2020 10:17:22 AM

Mar13

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Pre Shabbat Message from Rabbi Gelman and Ruthie (3/13/20)

03/13/2020 09:14:31 AM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Dear Friends,
 
We want to reiterate we are here for you and when we can to provide calming and helping support. The disruption of daily active life can be unsettling, and as some are curtailing activities and may be coming to shul less, we want to make sure that your spiritual...Read more...

10/10/2018 10:14:11 AM

Oct10

Rabbi Barry Gelman

The Kiss of Greatness or What Is The Torah For?

10/10/2018 01:17:16 PM

Rabbi Barry Gelman

One of the more beautiful and meaningful Jewish customs is the practice of  starting the Torah again right after we complete it on Simchat Torah. The reason we do this is so not to give the appearance that once done with the Torah we no longer have interest in it, that we have lost our love for...Read more...

08/13/2018 10:12:29 AM

Aug13

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Wait For It...

08/13/2018 02:45:07 PM Rabbi Barry Gelman

Malcolm Gladwell in The Tipping Point notes that there is a  magical moment when an idea or social behavior crosses a threshold and spreads like wildfire.

I think there is a similar idea in Judaism that is helpful when thinking about the themes of the High Holidays.

Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one.

You shall love the...Read more...

03/08/2017 10:10:16 AM

Mar8

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Fixing Sinai: Purim and Jewish Conscience

03/08/2017 08:32:12 AM

The Torah says, “And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the lowermost part of the mount” (Exodus 19:17). Rabbi Avdimi bar Ḥama bar Ḥasa said: the Jewish people actually stood beneath the mountain, and the verse teaches that the Holy One, Blessed be He, overturned the...Read more...

12/07/2016 10:05:59 AM

Dec7

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Do Not Lose Faith In Faith

12/07/2016 01:26:55 PM

 

I read a book review this week entitled What Makes A Great Parish. The book  being reviewed is called Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive. One of the four practices captured my attention. According to the author of the book great parishes “foster spiritual maturity”.

 

I...Read more...

11/18/2016 10:04:39 AM

Nov18

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Abraham, Civil Discourse and Us

11/18/2016 09:24:10 AM

I have been asked this week by a number of people about the uptick in reports of hate crimes and acts of  bigotry.

First, it is important to acknowledge that President elect Trump has told his supporters to stop the attacks.  He said: "I am so saddened to hear that, and I say, 'Stop it. If it -- if it helps, I will say this,...Read more...

10/28/2015 10:01:44 AM

Oct28

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Take The Long View on Life Cycle Events

10/28/2015 11:34:12 AM

It’s been a long time since I wrote about spending on Simchas. The issue was raised again in a recent article suggesting a correlation between spending money on weddings and divorce rates.  “Francis and Mialon surveyed more than 3,000 people — all of whom have been married just once — and found that across income levels the more you...Read more...

10/12/2015 09:55:47 AM

Oct12

Rabbi Barry Gelman

You Shall Teach Them To your Children"

10/12/2015 09:12:36 AM

“You shall teach them to your children” (Devarim 11:19)

Dear Friends,

On Shabbat I spoke about the importance of serving as role models for our children. I focused on two areas - coming to shul and reciting brachot before and after we eat - everyday at every meal.

Please follow this link to read the...Read more...

10/09/2015 09:54:09 AM

Oct9

Rabbi Barry Gelman

When A Bad Flood Happens To Good People

10/09/2015 02:38:42 PM

How do you feel today? Of course, it is yom tov, RH, a joyous day, serious, yet joyous. On the other hand - all  is not the same as it was last year.  

Last year when we said U’netaneh Tokef - and asked who will live and who will die - what we did think life would be year from then?  I never understood...Read more...

10/06/2015 09:53:08 AM

Oct6

Rabbi Barry Gelman

I Have Laboured And Found

10/06/2015 10:34:09 PM

Shmini Atzeret is a tricky day. Technically speaking there are no more mitzvot left. No more lulav and etrog and no more sukkah. We only sit in the sukkah because we live outside the land of Israel. As far as the Torah is concerned, sukkot is over.

So what is Shmini Atzeret. What are we doing here?

Let’s start with a verse...Read more...

10/03/2015 09:52:04 AM

Oct3

Rabbi Barry Gelman

In memory of Na’ama and Rabbi Eitam Henkin

10/03/2015 11:12:24 PM

I am not sure if we had to read Kohelet this morning. It has been suggested that we read Kohelet on Sukkot - Zman Simchateinu - the time of our rejoicing - to act as a balance against joy gone overboard. Coming on the heels of Yom Kippur , a day on which we act out our death, we are thrust into the unbridled joy brought about by...Read more...

07/07/2015 09:50:53 AM

Jul7

Rabbi Barry Gelman

The Death of Despair

07/07/2015 04:52:37 PM

Sitting in shul last shabbat listening to the Torah reading, I began to reflect on the Parah

Adumah ­ the red heifer used to purify a person after being deemed impure via contact with a
corpse. It is death that brings impurity and the Red Heifer that removes it.
Today, we do not have the capacity to apply the laws of the Red Heifer and...Read more...

05/10/2015 09:48:33 AM

May10

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Creating Kedusha / Homemade Holiness - Emor 5775

05/10/2015 02:38:20 PM

From time to time we should revisit the fundamental question of what it means to be a Jew. Of course, there is the normative aspect of being a Jew. A Jew is bound by the Mitzvot of the Torah.

One of the important aspects of teaching prospective converts is to make sure that they realize that while a Gentile there are...Read more...

04/16/2015 09:45:58 AM

Apr16

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Yom Hashoah 5775

04/16/2015 09:02:24 AM

Dear Friends,

Rabbi Yehuda Amital was one of the most thoughtful and influential religious leaders of our time. He is also a Holocaust survivor. As today is Yom Hashoa, please take some time to read Rav Amital's account of religious life before and after the Shoah.

Rabbi Yehuda Amital (Klein) was born in 1924 in Transylvania, at the time part...Read more...

01/11/2015 09:43:34 AM

Jan11

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Can Love be Learned?

01/11/2015 12:14:37 PM

" I’ve begun to think love is a more pliable thing than we make it out to be. Arthur Aron’s study taught me that it’s possible — simple, even — to generate trust and intimacy, the feelings love needs to thrive."

"But what I like about this study is how it assumes that love is an action. It assumes that what matters to my partner matters to me...Read more...

12/17/2014 02:01:04 AM

Dec17

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Audio Shiur: Parshat Hashavua - Mikeitz

12/17/2014 03:58:11 PM

"How is it that Yosef, after living many years in Egypt, having attained a high and influential position in the house of an important Egyptian official, did not send his father even one message to inform him (that he was alive) and comfort him? Egypt is only six days' travel from Chevron, and respect for his father would have justified even a...Read more...

12/12/2014 09:36:47 AM

Dec12

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Audio Shiur: Parshat Hashavua - Vayeishev

12/12/2014 06:14:06 AM

A story within a story: Why does the story of Yehuda and Tamar interrupt the Joseph narrative? This shiur uses Midrash and textual clues to show the measure for measure aspect of Yehuda's life.

Read more...

12/11/2014 09:34:00 AM

Dec11

Rabbi Barry Gelman

Lift Your Eyes

12/11/2014 04:28:04 PM

There are few opportunities to engage in pure Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming guests into our home). What I mean by pure Hachnasat Orchim is opportunity to welcome into our home people we do not know and who were not invited in advance.

Of course, there is a tremendous amount of  hosting that we do in our communities, most of it planned in...Read more...

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