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  • Hebrew School 2

    We will learn prayers, sing accompanied by musical instruments Talk about holidays and festivals throughout the Jewish year Life Cycle events Other timely topics https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73337554944?pwd=aS81dEJyb3Y4KzhYNThzUUlGT2xXdz09

  • Hebrew School 1

    Designed for ages 10 - 13 for students preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Improving Hebrew reading skills, studying Torah. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73337554944?pwd=aS81dEJyb3Y4KzhYNThzUUlGT2xXdz09

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  • Replay of this past Shabbat Services (September 17 & 18, 2021)

    Shabbat Ha'azinu Friday Evening Service with Rabbi Stephen Epstein https://www.facebook.com/TempleSholomofOntario/videos/147203764265041 Sermon @ 1:01:15 Shabbat Ha'azinu Morning Services with Rabbi Stephen Epstein Live from TSOO https://www.facebook.com/TempleSholomofOntario/videos/176186654640245 D'var Torah @ 1:28:00

  • This Year's 10-Minute Torah (September 21 - 27, 2021): Sukkot

    https://youtu.be/MKtVOmvPc8w Sukkot I / סוּכּוֹת א׳ Tuesday, 21 September 2021 / 15 Tishrei 5782 Torah Portion: Leviticus 22:26-23:44; Numbers 29:12-16 A young animal designated as an offering should be allowed to remain with its mother until eight days old, similar to a brit. This portion this then enumerates the various festivals from Shabbat, Pesach, counting the Omer and Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret, and the offerings for each of the festivals. The Hebrew word “Moadim” (מיועדים) means appointed times with the connotations of Israel “meeting” Hashem. The Maftir is the offering for the first day of Sukkot. Sukkot II / סוּכּוֹת ב׳ Wednesday, 22 September 2021 / 16 Tishrei 5782 Torah Portion: Leviticus 22:26-23:44; Numbers 29:12-16 (Same reading as Sukkot I) Sukkot Chol ha-Moed Day 1 / סוּכּוֹת יוֹם ג׳ (חוֹל הַמּוֹעֵד) Thursday, 23 September 2021 / 17 Tishrei 5782 Torah Portion: Numbers 29:17-25 This is the offering for the second and third days of Sukkot Sukkot Chol ha-Moed Day 2 / סוּכּוֹת יוֹם ד׳ (חוֹל הַמּוֹעֵד) Friday, 24 September 2021 / 18 Tishrei 5782 Torah Portion: Numbers 29:20-28 This is the offering for the third, fourth and fifth days of Sukkot Sukkot Shabbat Chol ha-Moed / סוּכּוֹת שַׁבָּת חוֹל הַמּוֹעֵד Saturday, 25 September 2021 / 19 Tishrei 5782 Torah Portion: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29:17-34 After the episode of the Golden Calf, Moses pleads for Hashem’s Nearness, to accompany the Israelites rather than send a messenger. Moses asks to see G-d’s Glory and G-d tells him to stand in the cleft of a rock and he will show him the back of His head because no mortal can see Hashem’s face and live. Hashem then tells Moses to ascend the mountain again by himself, and carve two stone tablets like the first ones for the Ten Commandments. These will replace the first ones that Moses broke. First, Hashem reveals his Thirteen Attributes. G-d then tells Moses to observe the Festival of Matzot (Pasach) and consecrate every first born to G-d. G-d then tells Moses to observe Shabbat, the Festival of Weeks (Shavuot), the Festival of Harvest (Sukkot). Finally, G-d tells Moses that Israel should not cook a kid in its mother’s milk. Sukkot Chol ha-Moed Day 4 / סוּכּוֹת יוֹם ו׳ (חוֹל הַמּוֹעֵד) Sunday, 26 September 2021 / 20 Tishrei 5782 Torah Portion: Numbers 29:26-34 This is the offering for the fifth, sixth and seventh days of Sukkot Sukkot Final Day (Hoshana Raba) / סוּכּוֹת ז׳ (הוֹשַׁעְנָא רַבָּה) Monday, 27 September 2021 / 21 Tishrei 5782 Torah Portion: Numbers 29:26-34

  • Replay of Yom Kippur Services 5782

    Kol Nidre Erev Yom Kippur Service with Cantor John Guest and Rabbi Stephen Epstein Live from TSOO https://www.facebook.com/TempleSholomofOntario/videos/1446277919091308 Sermon @ 1:43:24 https://youtu.be/8zPnEUuDeVA Sermon @ 58:25 High Holiday Services Live from Ontario California with Yom Kippur Services with Rabbi Stephen Epstein and Cantor John Guest https://www.facebook.com/TempleSholomofOntario/videos/286914812887499 D'var Torah @ 2:31:48 https://youtu.be/ZEyQ-8EaJ-w D'var Torah @ 2:08:20 High Holiday Services Live from Ontario, California Kol Nidre Erev Yom Kippur Services with Rabbi Stephen Epstein and Cantor John Guest https://www.facebook.com/TempleSholomofOntario/videos/1031858067631142 D'var Torah @ 7:00 https://youtu.be/O1A14ny8lVA D'var Torah @ 5:34

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  • Modern Rabbi | ModernRabbiShmuel | United States

    Top of Page New Blog Calendar Who Is Mighty? Portfolio Contact Me My Story Videos Events Services Order My Book Shabbat Times Subscribe Instagram Feed NewBlog Rabbi Stephen Epstein 2 days ago 1 min Replay of this past Shabbat Services (September 10 & 11, 2021) 0 Write a comment Rabbi Stephen Epstein 4 days ago 1 min This week's 10-Minute Torah (September 18, 2021): "Parashat Ha'azinu" 5782 0 Write a comment Rabbi Stephen Epstein 4 days ago 3 min This year's 10-Minute Torah for Yom Kippur 5782 (September 16, 2021): 2 Write a comment 1 Rabbi Stephen Epstein 5 days ago 3 min Havdalah: Celebrating the Uniqueness of the Jewish people 1 Write a comment Rabbi Stephen Epstein 7 days ago 1 min Replay of this past Rosh Hashanah Services (September 6 - 8, 2021) 2 Write a comment Rabbi Stephen Epstein Sep 5 1 min Replay of this past Shabbat Services (September 3 & 4, 2021) 0 Write a comment Everyone looks for meaning in our lives. Why? Because when we feel we have a life’s work—a place in this world—we are more effective as workers, family members and as people. When we feel we have a purpose in life, we are more effective and become fulfilled. I am an ordained rabbi and I use the medium of Judaism to facilitate a spiritual regeneration that makes people more fulfilled. My work is to not just lead a person through the various course of the Hebrew calendar and life cycle events, but to relate that to your own feelings of self-esteem and self-worth. When we enhance our feelings of self-worth, it gives us more confidence to succeed and we lead a more satisfying life. Please join with me in exploring your inner self. Let’s see how we can use these milestones in life to make you a more self-actualized person who gets more out of life and feels more equipped to handle life’s challenges. Who is Mighty? One who subdues their passions. Proverbs 16:32 Hillel [also] used to say: "If I am not for myself, who is for me? But if I am for my own self [only], what am I? And if not now, when?" Pirkei Avot 1:14 Hamentashen Moses Queen Esther Moses and Esther Conducting Zoom Services for TSO Friday Night Service 6/5/20 Friday Night Services 6/5/20 Friday Night Live Connie Snyder's Funeral Shabbat Across America 5780 Wedding Brit Melah Signing the Ketubah Officiating @ Hanukkiah Lighting Lauren Weisberg Bat Mitzvah 4 Lauren Weisberg Bat Mitzvah 5 Bat Mitzvah young lady (r podium) Baby naming Performing Wedding Rosh HaShannah with student 20170922_114420 Officiating Bar Mitzvah A successful Bat Mitzvah Shabbat on the Lake Explanations during Bat Mitzvah Getting Ordained Ordination Certificate Officiating Bat Mitzvah Leading Sunday morning service LEARN ABOUT MY STORY Leading Our Community in Worship Ever since I was young, I discovered my strong faith in HaShem and the desire to pursue a life of service to others. As the most esteemed Rabbi in the southwest Riverside County area of Southern California, my religious service offerings were designed to suit everyone’s needs. Whether you’re looking for a certified Rabbi to officiate your next event, or simply want to gain more wisdom and learn about the Divine — I’m your number one source for all your religious needs. Call me today and see what I can do for you. Get In Touch Videos CONTACT RABBI STEPHEN Temple Sholom of Ontario Rabbi, Serving Southwest Riverside County and all of Southern California ModernRabbiShmuel@gmail.com 951-526-4012 Send Your details were sent successfully! 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  • Forum | modernrabbistephen

    To see this working, head to your live site. Forum Search Forum Explore your forum below to see what you can do, or head to Settings to start managing your Categories. Create New Post General Discussions Share stories, ideas, pictures and more! Posts 3 Follow Israel Media Media that gives an accurate and true story of what's happening in Israel Posts 11 Follow New Posts Gene Trosper 3d Conversion question: acceptable activities? General Discussions When seeking conversion what is and is not acceptable? I know some say that non-Jews cannot fully participate in Shabbat, while others are less stringent. How would this apply to Sukkot or other observances? Speaking for myself, there is the desire to act, but on the other hand, there is a hesitancy for fear of doing something prohibited or "pretending" to be someone you are not by virtue of being a non-Jew doing "Jewish things." Due to a variety of viewpoints/approaches on this matter, I'm looking for clarification. 2 comments 2 0 Rabbi Stephen Epstein Jun 07 I Worked on the Abraham Accords. It's Time to Free the Palestinians from Hamas—and Iran | Opinion Israel Media DR. ALI AL NUAIMI , CHAIRMAN OF THE DEFENSE AFFAIRS, INTERIOR AND FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE OF THE UAE'S FEDERAL NATIONAL COUNCIL ON 6/7/21 AT 12:06 PM EDT https://www.newsweek.com/i-helped-broker-abraham-accords-its-time-free-palestinians-hamas-iran-opinion-1598198 Last August, we entered a new era: A 70-year stalemate was exchanged for an era of greater coexistence. The signing of the Abraham Accords between the United Arab Emirates and Israel that I helped broker was a bold, courageous move which promised to finally make progress where everything else had failed. After the recent conflict with Gaza, though, many thought the Abraham Accords was dead. Where was the promised peace, with rockets flying? To these skeptics, I would say, look at the bigger picture. The Abraham Accords are not about an Emirati and Israeli future but the whole region's future. The truth is, the Middle East conflict isn't between the Israelis and Palestinians but between Israel and Iran. Ask yourself who benefits from this conflict? The Palestinian people's rights and hopes have been hijacked by Hamas to serve an Iranian agenda. And it is against Iran's extremism that we must continue to fight. When the UAE leadership decided to move forward with the Abraham Accords, it was done with a strategic vision not only for the UAE but for the whole region. Skeptics thought the agreement was tied to the Trump administration, as if it might just fade away with the new administration. But there is no going back. We move forward with full speed and have already seen the added value of having such initiatives, not only for the UAE and Israel but for the whole region. Since the announcement of the Abraham Accords, we have seen that we can build bridges of trust and respect. We in the UAE had laid the foundations; we had already changed the education system and the narrative of the religious figures, readying our people for the path to peace. But it's not just about us. The people of the region are craving change, not least among them the Palestinian people, who are desperate for fresh leaders, leaders who can move beyond a rigid regime with an agenda that abuses the very people it rules. For this to happen, we also have to fight the war of propaganda—one that the Israelis lost in this last round of fighting between Israel and Hamas. I saw narratives coming from not only the Middle East but the West too, which represented a shift. One of the biggest errors in this narrative, which I saw repeated over and over in the media, was the way they speak about Gaza as if it's occupied by the Israelis. It's not: It's occupied by Hamas. And the Palestinian people in Gaza are suffering because of Hamas, not the Israelis. Unfortunately, though the propaganda of Hamas and Iran is not true, to the world, it is now dominant. Still, there is reason for hope. Twenty years ago, the Palestinian cause was priority number one in the region. Now, people in the Gulf see things differently. We still care. We still support support the Palestinians. We believe in the two-state solution. But people in the Gulf no longer believe that this should come at the expense of our national interest. Many activists responded to Hamas- and Jihad- influenced media and social media posts to say, we do care about the Palestinians—but we don't care about these terrorist organizations. What the public doesn't understand is who is behind so much of the media they read—who is funding this misguided narrative, which only serves to protect Hamas, and ultimately, Iran. This past conflict with Gaza should be the last war. We should all learn to speak one language: the language of peace. Now is the time to not just talk the talk, but for us all to walk the walk. Hamas and the Palestinian leadership have hijacked the minds of 2 million Palestinians to sell their political and terrorist agendas. We want the Palestinian people to enjoy what we enjoy, to have what we have and create a better future for a new generation. But we have to do this together, with all the stakeholders in the region, from NGOs to schools, religious leaders and governments. We cannot do this alone. Dr. Ali al Nuaimi is chairman of the Defense Affairs, Interior and Foreign Relations Committee of the UAE's Federal National Council, a representative legislature whose 40 members, half elected indirectly and half appointed, serve in an advisory role to the emirates' leadership. 0 comments 0 0 Rabbi Stephen Epstein Jun 01 Bill Maher: Hamas negotiation demands are, 'You all die' Israel Media https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/307095 https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/bill-maher-defends-israel-on-his-hbo-show-you-cant-learn-history-from-instagram Comedian Bill Maher hits back after Israel is accused of 'apartheid,' 'war crimes.' 'Hamas's charter just says they want to wipe out Israel.' https://youtu.be/qONHQ_ePIB4 https://youtu.be/4wFQB-oeKGs https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=306607757763548 https://youtu.be/YIbXJsgKU3Q Comedian Bill Maher REUTERS/Danny Moloshok "Real Time" host Bill Maher on Friday night defended Israel's actions during the recent Operation Guardian of the Walls, Fox News reported. "One of the frustrations I had while I was off is that I was watching this war go on in Israel … and it was frustrating to me because there was no one on liberal media to defend Israel, really," Maher, 65, said at a panel discussion. "We've become this country now that we're kind of one-sided on this issue. And I'd also like to say off the bat I don't think kids understand -- and when I say kids I mean the younger generations – you can't learn history from Instagram. "There's just not enough space." Responding to The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's claim that Israel committed "possible war crimes," Maher said: "Well, Gaza fired 4,000 rockets into Israel. What would you say Israel should have done instead of what they did?" Hamas, Maher pointed out, "purposely put the rockets in civilian places. That's their strategy." Maher also added that, "The Jews have been in that area of the world since about 1200 B.C., way before the first Muslim or Arab walked the earth." "I mean, Jerusalem was their capital. So if it's who got there first, it's not even close. The Jews were the ones who were occupied by everybody; the Romans took over at some point and then the Persians and the Byzantines and then the Ottomans. So yes, there was colonization going on there. Beginning in the 19th century, they started to return to Palestine, which was never an Arab country. There was never a country called Palestine that was a distinct Arab country." According to Fox News , Maher then pointed out that under the proposed 1947 plan, the Arabs would have had a "good part of the country," calling the Arabs "the people who rejected the half a loaf and continue to attack." "Hamas's charter says they just want to wipe out Israel. Their negotiation position is 'You all die.' The two-state solution has been on the table a number of times. There could be an Arab capital in East Jerusalem now if Yasser Arafat had accepted that in 2003. He did not. "I mean, they have rejected this and went to war time and time again," he emphasized, "And, you know, as far as Gaza goes, it's amazing to me that the progressives think that they're being progressive by taking that side of it, the Bella Hadids of the world, these influencers. "I just want to say in February of this year, a Hamas court ruled that a unmarried woman cannot travel in Gaza without the permission of a male guardian. Really? That's where the progressives are? Bella Hadid and her friends would run screaming to Tel Aviv if they had to live in Gaza for one day." Maher also noted that neither Britain nor Holland had any claim to South Africa, while in Israel the situation is different, Fox News said. "The Israelis, they have made mistakes, but it's an ‘apartheid’ state because they keep getting attacked! If they don't keep a tight lid on this s---, they get killed! That seems like something different!" he said. 0 comments 0 0

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  • Torah, Tanakh, Chumash

    A follow up from yesterday's class: This morning, it struck me that the Torah, in a written book format, is called a Chumash. The scroll is a Sefer Torah. Yet, the Tanakh acronym includes "Torah." So, since the Tanakh is not a scroll, I'm curious as to why it's Tanakh, instead of something like "Chnakh" ( or whatever the proper grammatical convention would dictate). Any insight would be appreciated!

  • Conversion question: acceptable activities?

    When seeking conversion what is and is not acceptable? I know some say that non-Jews cannot fully participate in Shabbat, while others are less stringent. How would this apply to Sukkot or other observances? Speaking for myself, there is the desire to act, but on the other hand, there is a hesitancy for fear of doing something prohibited or "pretending" to be someone you are not by virtue of being a non-Jew doing "Jewish things." Due to a variety of viewpoints/approaches on this matter, I'm looking for clarification.

  • Torah, Tanakh, Chumash

    Ok. That makes sense. Thank you!

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