Author Archives: Rabbi Avi Friedman

About Rabbi Avi Friedman

I am the rabbi of Congregation Ohr Shalom - SJCC, a progressive Conservative and traditional congregation. I am also husband to Jodi as well as father to Gabi, Jonah, Jessica and Ilana. I have been a part of the Summit community since 2005.

Teach Them Well

On Monday morning, our Early Learning Center opened its doors for the first day of school. On Wednesday afternoon, our Jewish Learning Center did the same.  Thank God!  It had been way too quiet around here without the kids.  It’s … Continue reading

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Harvey & Irma

Although the Jewish community is gearing up for the High Holidays, this week’s Torah portion feels a lot more like Passover. We are not reading from the Book of Exodus. No seas are split. No rivers are turned to blood. … Continue reading

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Take a Trip

A married couple, together with their four kids and one of their mothers, went on a trip to five national parks.  (No, this is not the description of a National Lampoon movie!)  Some members of the group had been to … Continue reading

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Farewell to a Friend

One of the striking aspects of this week’s portion is the way in which Moses warns the Israelites about the people they will find when they enter the Land of Canaan.  He told them – not once but twice – … Continue reading

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See.

As a rabbi, I always think that our weekly Torah portion has something to say about the current condition.  However, sometimes I am struck by how on-point the Torah portion seems to be.  For example, this week as we are … Continue reading

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Jews & Food

Although we like to joke about the relationship between Jews and food, God’s provision of sustenance is an important theme in the Torah, and particularly in this week’s portion – Ekev.  Consider these five verses: “[God] will bless the fruit … Continue reading

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Feeling Happy and Holy

For quite a few years now, after the last Bar or Bat Mitzvah in June, we move our Friday night service to 5:45pm, and we keep it at that time until Labor Day.  We would usually get a Minyan – … Continue reading

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