50 Years in the Rabbinate

Feb 13, 2019 by

About the time I was ordained, Arnold Jacob Wolf alav ha-shalom, wrote a paper entitled, The Ideal Synagogue. I have saved it over...

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Fifty Year Reflections

Jan 17, 2019 by

In many ways, the Reform movement is quite different today than it was when I was ordained. The Union Prayer Book was used in our...

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The First Time I Was a Rabbi

Jan 16, 2019 by

The first time I was a rabbi happened in a small town in West Virginia. It was not what I had expected. I’m pretty sure it was 1965...

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Reflections on 50 Years in the...

Jan 15, 2019 by

Probably the greatest change in my life was the day Dr. Alvin Reines defined religion in Philosophy class as: “Man’s response to his...

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50 Blessed Years in the Rabbin...

Nov 30, 2017 by

“Love is Blue” was playing on the radio as I drove home from HUC on Clifton Avenue after the lottery was over and my number...

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50 Years a Rabbi: A Path Less ...

Nov 6, 2017 by

Martin Buber’s philosophy and Hasidic spiritual revival, along with my attraction to intensive small group experiences, brought me to...

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Reflections on 50 Years as a R...

Feb 10, 2017 by

I was ordained a rabbi on the Shabbat before the Six-Day War erupted in Israel in 1967.  Little did I realize then how powerfully...

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Knowing Before Whom I Stand

Jan 31, 2017 by

Bashert: I believe that my encounters in the Rabbinate were meant to be! My paternal grandmother was my first spiritual teacher. Her...

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