Entries by Kelly McCoy

All That Emanu-El Has To Offer

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 Bulletin. By Audrey Spiegel, congregant When I arrive in the lobby of Blumenthal with my one-year old granddaughter on Tuesday mornings, she breaks into a big smile and begins speaking. Most people think she is just babbling, but as only a grandmother could know, she is clearly …

Commentary on Parashat Naso

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis Here the priest shall administer the curse of adjuration to the woman, as the priest goes on to say to the woman – “may the Lord make you a curse and an imprecation among your people, as the Lord causes your thigh to sag and your belly to distend; may …

A Home for All at Emanu-El

This article originally appeared in our May/June 2019 Bulletin. By Beth Pilchik Temple Member and Religious School Parent On February 9, 2019, we celebrated our older son Miles’s bar mitzvah. We chose Temple Emanu-El for many reasons: Our friends belonged and liked it, religious school was one day a week, everyone seemed nice, and a …

Commentary on Parashat Aharei Mot

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “Do not defile yourselves in any of those ways, for it is by such that the nations that I am casting out before you defiled themselves.” Leviticus 18:24 Parashat Aharei Mot consists largely of a catalogue of sins that the priests and the people are not to commit. These range …

Commentary on Parashat Tzav

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “The fire on the altar shall be kept burning, not to go out; every morning the priest shall feed wood to it, lay out the burnt offering on it, and turn into smoke the fat parts of the offering of well-being. A perpetual fire shall be kept burning on the …