Dvar Israel: Shabbat, September 23, 2017

Hello everyone. It’s hard to believe, but I have been here in your loving community for a month now. It has been an amazing month and a beginning of a new experience. During this month in Toronto, I was amazed to see the strength of the Jewish community here, not only in numbers, but in spirit and unity. I was shocked to see how everything in this community is not a matter of fact for you guys, and nothing is taken for granted. You choose to come to Shul, you may choose to send your kids to a Jewish day school, Sunday school or summer camp, and you definitely choose to become active and committed members of this massive community.

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Dvar Israel: Shabbat, May 27, 2017

"Those who have a why to live can bear with almost any how.” - Viktor Frankl

This is the quote I opened with in my very first Dvar and now 9 months later I’m standing here ready to deliver my last Dvar Israel. I remember the first time I spoke from the Bima, I remember my sweaty palms, shaking legs, trembling voice, and my eyes filling with tears when everyone started to sing Hatikvah - התקווה together. It didn’t occur to me that a congregation so far away from Israel will dedicate their time to talk, hear, ask and honor Israel.

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