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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 Vayera
November 15, 2019

In this Torah portion, three guests arrive at Abraham and Sarah’s tent. They inform Abraham that God will give the elderly Sarah a child. The prophesy comes true, and they name their son Isaac. God informs Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah will be destroyed, though Abraham attempts to convince God otherwise. God tells Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham obliges but is told that it was a test of faith and offers a ram to sacrifice instead.

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