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A Message from Rav Natan

While most holidays have an entire tractate of Talmud dedicated to their little details, Hanukkah appears as a side conversation in the middle of the tractate about Shabbat (21b). The rabbis are discussing what is the essential mitzvah, commandment regarding Hanukkah and how to perform it. You probably already know that we light one extra candle per night for eight nights, but it was not the case in the past for everyone. Here we learn  Read More »

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CEH President’s Message – November 2021

I hope all of you had the opportunity to attend, if only virtually, at least some of the activities for Rav Natan’s long-delayed formal installation weekend. It was amazing from start to finish. The only complaint I heard the entire weekend was, “Too much food!”. On Saturday morning, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld of Congregation Beth Ami in Los Angeles served as installer and gave a thought-provoking address in which he compared the ways in which the  Read More »

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Congregation Etz Hayim Sisterhood: Did you Know?

When: Sunday, December 12Time: 10:15 AM Since 1943, Congregation Etz Hayim has had a Sisterhood!  Women members of Congregation Etz Hayim are invited to a meeting on December 12 at 10:15 am to learn more about this group and opportunities and options for its future.  The meeting will be held in-person at CEH and virtually. Historically, Sisterhood has provided service to the congregation in the form of tzedakah (purchasing items needed for the synagogue such  Read More »

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CEH In-person Costume Havdalah – Recap

On Saturday, October 30, more than 30 CEH congregants celebrated Halloween Havdalah together on our playground. Moreh Will led us in the Havdalah service followed by a costume contest, hot cider and snacks, and a Halloween craft. There were many creative costumes including superheroes, unicorns, Zoom meeting attendees, and half the cast of Ted Lasso. A scary good time was had by all!

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Hanukkah is Coming! Hanukkah Events

December 1: Beit Midrash on Hanukkah, 7 PM. We will explore multiple rabbinical and historical narratives to understand the role of Judaism in history and in our modern society. Register Here. December 3: Family Shabbat Service , 5:15-6:00 PM. Sponsored by the David Schwartz Fund for families with Young Children (ages 6 and under). RSVP Here. December 4: Kosher Wine and Cheese Pairing Class, 7-9 PM. Join us for an incredible evening of kosher wine  Read More »

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A Message from Rav Natan

“Bar Kapra taught: There is no dream that does not have an interpretation.” (Bereshit Rabbah 68:16) Celebrating Together In this weeks Torah portion, we read about the famous dream Yaakov had on his way up to Haran, where he would meet Rachel and Leah. וַיִּפְגַּע בַּמָּקוֹם וַיָּלֶן שָׁם כִּי־בָא הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ וַיִּקַּח מֵאַבְנֵי הַמָּקוֹם וַיָּשֶׂם מְרַאֲשֹׁתָיו וַיִּשְׁכַּב בַּמָּקוֹם הַהוּא׃ וַיַּחֲלֹם וְהִנֵּה סֻלָּם מֻצָּב אַרְצָה וְרֹאשׁוֹ מַגִּיעַ הַשָּׁמָיְמָה וְהִנֵּה מַלְאֲכֵי אֱלֹהִים עֹלִים וְיֹרְדִים בּוֹ׃ “He slept there  Read More »

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And In the Seventh Year: Shmita Then and Now

When: Wednesday, January 19thTime: 7:30 PM - Online Co-sponsored with the Haberman Institute. The Bible tells us that every seventh year will be a Shmita or sabbatical year. In the Shmita year, debts are to be forgiven, agricultural lands to lie fallow, private landholdings to become open to the commons, and staples such as food storage and perennial harvests to be freely redistributed and accessible to all.How was this actually practiced in Biblical and later  Read More »

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A Message from Rav Natan

There's No Holiness Without Preparation Rav Soloveitchik, a prominent 20th century Modern Orthodox scholar, used to share widely his favorite credo or mantra, " אין קדושה בלי הכנה - there's no holiness without preparation." I could not agree more with Rav Soloveitchik. Recently I was asked to guide someone before going into a mikvah for the first time. We talked a lot about how it could be just like a bathtub or a pool and  Read More »

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Author Event: On Rockingham Street with David Kuney – Recap

On Sunday, October 17, we had a wonderful Adult Education event. David Kuney, author of "On Rockingham Street: Reclaiming My Family's Jewish Identity," spoke about growing up in Arlington and attending Religious School at CEH. He was joined by Jerry Jacobs, who shared his own CEH memories. Mr. Kuney's book is a memoir and an insightful commentary on how Jewish life has changed over time in Arlington and the broader community. During the presentation, he  Read More »

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