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“An Evening with Anne Applebaum”

April 15, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

This past week, Congregation Beth Israel’s Wolff-Toomim Distinguished Lecture Series hosted on Zoom, Anne Applebaum, journalist and author, and Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat. In

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“Freedom to Live”

April 1, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

What is freedom? Passover teaches us that freedom is liberation from bondage and then revelation at Sinai. There is no freedom without liberation

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“Emerging to be Free”

March 18, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Passover begins next week on the evening of Saturday, March 27, 2021. The theme of liberation from bondage seems entirely apropos after a

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“What Masks Don’t Hide”

March 4, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The holiday of Purim ended last week, but not the fuss about wearing masks. Masks would have greater appeal if they were always

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“It’s Purim!”

February 25, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Be Happy, it’s ADAR! It’s Purim time, and Adar is the Hebrew month in which we celebrate the holiday. When the month begins,

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“Wise Words in a Pandemic”

February 12, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In 1844, when the Houston Jewish community was beginning to organize itself more formally, Jewish leaders purchased land for a cemetery. Traditionally, it’s

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“A Religious Question”

February 4, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In a world filled with hurt and hate, faith can lead us to many positive outcomes. In the Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam),

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“Always Planting”

January 28, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

This past week, we observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Tu B’shvat. International Holocaust Remembrance Day also marked the 76th anniversary of the

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“46”

January 21, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The inauguration of President Biden and Vice-President Harris was a momentous occasion. Ultimately, it was a peaceful transition of power that signaled to

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“The Day After”

January 7, 2021

From the Rabbi David Lyon

We’re all finding our breath after watching the chaos that ensued in the nation’s capital. We have all felt tension before, during, and