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Be a Blessing Where You Are

November 5, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The Torah portion this week begins with the words, “Lech-L’cha,” go forth…to a place that I will show you. These are the words

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Pittsburgh, One Year Later

October 24, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

One year ago, a lone gunman walked into Tree of Life Synagogue, in Pittsburgh, and murdered and injured worshipers in the synagogue. The

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Newton and Rosh Hashanah

September 6, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Newton’s third law of physics states that “every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” I learned it in basic physics in school.

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I am a Jew

August 29, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

You probably don’t know the name, Edmond Fleg (1874-1963). He was a Jewish French writer, thinker, and playwright of the 20th century. During

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A March of Folly?

August 15, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In April, 2016, New York Times columnist, Arthur Brooks, wrote, “Liberals should be liberals and conservatives should be conservatives. But our duty is

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Blessed is Peace

August 8, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

After two massacres in our nation we struggle deeply. Though they can’t prevent it from happening again, our thoughts and prayers can begin

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Tikkun Olam: Who’s Repairing the Jewish People?

August 1, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

 “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world) gets a bad rap from some, and maybe for good reason. Tikkun Olam is an aspiration that has

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“Judaism is the Pursuit of Meaning” — Elie Wiesel

July 25, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Two weeks ago, I was in Israel. At 2am, one morning, my phone began to buzz. The message was that a terrible death

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“In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.” — David ben Gurion

July 18, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

I just returned from a week in Israel. It wasn’t a tour and I wasn’t leading a group. Instead, the AIEF (American-Israel Education

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Excellence is the Way

July 2, 2019

From the Rabbi David Lyon

I’ve often said, “The future of Judaism will not be built on mediocrity; it will be built on excellence.” Excellent rabbis, cantors, educators,