Rabbi Ari Sunshine

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Opening our Doors Wide

by Ari Sunshine

Dear Friends, We hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.  It’s hard to believe that we are already gearing up for the High Holidays and another packed and exciting year here at Shearith Israel. As we reconvene in these coming days and weeks, we want to share with you a few important changes in our […]

Why Am I A Member?

by Julie Carpenter

At the 133rd Annual Meeting Shearith Israel Members were asked to answer this simple question, Why Am I a Member? Responses were funny, heartfelt, emotional and showed the breadth of commitment to our community. Here are a few:  When my wife and I moved to Dallas in 1986, I went shul shopping.  I went to Orthodox, […]

Jerusalem: Heavenly and Earthly

by Ari Sunshine

The Talmud in tractate Ta’anit 5a speaks of “Yerushalayim shel ma’alah” (the heavenly Jerusalem) and “Yerushalayim shel matah” (the lower, or earthly, Jerusalem), when Rabbi Yohanan explains that God won’t enter the heavenly Jerusalem until first entering the earthly Jerusalem.  This teaching from a third century C.E. rabbi is probably one of the first attempts […]

Out of the Strong Came Something Sweet

by Ari Sunshine

Yizkor 8th Day Pesach 5778 Last weekend we were able to celebrate our first Sedarim here in Dallas, hosting new friends and members of our Shearith community for both nights.  We enjoyed two warm, discussion and ruach (spirit)-filled evenings that both went late into the night.  It was a treat to be able to celebrate […]

Judaism: A Burden, or an Opportunity?

by Julie Carpenter

Sermon—Parashat Bo 5778/January 20, 2018 Judaism: A Burden, or an Opportunity? A Tribute to Rabbi Leonard Cahan, z”l By Rabbi Ari Sunshine In this morning’s parasha we get a heavy dose of Pesach—would you believe it’s only 10 weeks away now?—including a description of the first Pesach in Egypt, as well as the instructions for […]