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Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg    Derash on Lech Lcha -The Road Ahead - Abraham's FaithThere are two times in the Torah when G-d tells Abraham to go to a certain place, but does not inform him of the destination. The first is in this week's portion of Lech Lecha:  "Leave your home and go to a place which I (G-d) will show you."  The second time is in Parshat Va-yaira" when Abraham is going toward the mountain where he was to be tested regarding his willingness the sacrifice Yitzchak (Isaac).  Again, he was instructed to go to a mountain "which I (G-d) will show you."  Why was Abraham not informed? Read more...
Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg    Now that we’ve just gone through a whirlwind of holy days and festivals, the month of Cheshvan — the first day of which will be this Shabbat — does not have a single holiday... not even a fast day! 

If I were to ask you what your favorite Hebrew month is, you would probably name one corresponding to your favorite holiday (Pesach, Chanukah, Succot, etc.).  Hard as this may be for you to believe, Cheshvan is my favorite month. 
Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg    Rabbi Norbert Weinberg at Adams Street Shul Yom Kippur at the Adams Street shul this year was truly amazing. The sanctuary was almost filled and remained that way throughout the services. The cantorial leadership was inspiring, and the participation through singing and sincere prayer left one spiritually fulfilled. Read more...
Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg    Tisha B'Av D'rashOf course, one of the major themes for the four Fasts is that of mourning.  Our souls cry out against the many unjust and horrific crimes against our people.  We are repelled by the fact that our tiny people has given so much to the world and has been treated so cruelly in response.

But there is more.  Our fasting is a fervent prayer that these injustices will soon become a thing of the past.  We yearn for the day that the cruelty of mankind will give way to justice and love and that their "swords will be turned into plough-shares."

Finally, and perhaps the most important aspect of fasting on all our fast days, is the

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