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Rabbi Stein's Sermon for Yom HaShoa Shabbat 2019

Never Again

Yom HaShoa Observance
May 3, 2019/28 Nisan 5779
Rabbi Peter W. Stein

 

Growing up, I attended a small Yiddish cultural school for several years.  Aside from the Yiddish language and culture, the emphasis of the program was on Jewish history…and in a way, the primary focus was on creating Jewish pride.

My teacher, who was not only a teacher but a loving mentor to all his students, was a man who was born in a small town called Oshmiany, near Vilnius.  He survived the Holocaust by moving east and becoming a fighter.  He was what is commonly called a partisan, living and fighting against the Nazis in the forests of Eastern Europe. 

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Parashat

Parashat Vayetzei
December 7, 2019

In this Torah portion, Jacob has a dream in which angels go up and down a ladder connecting earth to heaven. God appears before Jacob and renews the covenant that God had made with Abraham. Jacob sees Rachel, Laban’s daughter, tending sheep and wishes to marry her. Laban tricks Jacob into marrying his eldest daughter, Leah, after seven years of labor. In exchange for another seven years of work, Jacob is allowed to marry Rachel. Jacob has many sons with Leah, but Rachel is unable to conceive. Finally, God blesses Rachel, and she has a son, whom she names Joseph.

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