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07/24/2017 08:14:47 PM


Rededicating ourselves to Jewish life in a changing world

12/10/2017 07:57:18 PM


Rabbi Shimon Moch

Everything seems to be converging on the theme of rededicating ourselves to Jewish life. We read in the Torah of Joseph’s unflinching faith in God’s Providence, even through the most difficult of times. We will soon celebrate then festival of lights, Hanukkah, with its message of rededication. Our leadership is calling our congregation together and asking us to rededicate ourselves to our Jewish life. How important are our efforts here at...Read more...

"Our Home Beacon and the Sails of our Dreams"

12/04/2017 09:17:31 AM


Rabbi Shimon Moch

Vayeshev 5778

During the next six months, we will be planning various ways, at Har Shalom to gather various groups and give members the opportunity to share important stories of the past and of new visions of Har Shalom’s future. Be part of retaining the best of who we are as a congregation as we rededicate our purposeful journeying and be part of contributing your thoughts and your dreams which we will constitute into the vision toward...Read more...

“Growing Pains and Growing Up” 

11/26/2017 10:46:20 PM


Rabbi Shimon Moch

Vayishlach 5778 


A friend told me that he does not know what he wants to be when he grows up.

Do we ever grow up? Are we ever who we want to be? Our notion of self and potential hopefully evolve continually. We try to grow in every positive attribute of self, to become more today than we were yesterday.

Sometimes we fall back, loose ground. Nothing is lost to us when we find ourselves in...Read more...

Remaining Awake to Our Purpose

11/20/2017 08:26:56 AM


Rabbi Shimon Moch

Jacob had a dream of a ladder connecting heaven and earth with angels going up and down on it and God standing above him.  When he awoke, he realized “sure God is in this place and I did not realize it.” Then he erected a monument to that moment of realization.  

“Then Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said: 'Surely Adonai is in this place; and I knew it not. … ' And Jacob rose up early in the...Read more...

Toldot 5778 

11/13/2017 10:03:08 PM


Rabbi Shimon Moch

“During this interim period let us unstop wells and sow seeds for the future”

This week, we read in parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) the Torah’s account of the life of Isaac. Isaac lived simply, and always with his pivotal historic role in mind. He remained undeterred despite an abundance of drama in his family life. He differed from Abraham, his father, and Jacob, his son, in that he never left the Land of Canaan, not even...Read more...

Fri, December 15 2017 27 Kislev 5778