Author Archives: Rabbi Elie Abadie M.D.

Bereshit – Thoughts on the Perasha

As we begin the cycle of Torah reading and start anew with Perashat Bereshit, I realize how appropriate it is for us to read this portion immediately after the period of the High Holidays.  We spent the days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur contemplating ourselves, trying to figure out who we are, how we […]

Sukkot – Selected Laws and Traditions

Selected Customs and Traditions for Sukkot 5780- 2019   CANDLE BLESSINGS The blessing on the candles for Sukkot, Shemini Aseret, and Simhat Torah is: “Barukh Ata Ado-nay Elo-henu Melekh Haolam Asher Kiddeshanu Bemissvotav Vessivanu L’Hadlik Ner Shel Yom Tob”. The blessing on the candles for Shabbat is: “Barukh Ata Ado-nay Elo-henu Melekh Haolam Asher Kiddeshanu […]

Ha’azinu – Thoughts on the Perasha

We have all heard the expression “The sky is falling!“ Wikipedia explains that it is an idiom derived from the story of Henny Penny, in the fable known as “Chicken Little.” This well known fable’s famous quote has passed into the English language as a common idiom, indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster […]

Nissabim – Thoughts on the Perasha

The generation in which we live, has been dubbed the, “Me Generation.” It is certainly not a flattering term for an entire generation. As its name alludes, this generation looks to satisfy, please, enrich, make happy, and gratify oneself. Since the 1960’s, this phenomenon began with the Civil Rights movement, and continued with the Women’s […]