Bnei Belial—The Children of No...

Sep 19, 2017 by

Hannah, heroine of our Haftarah for Rosh HaShanah, has continuously challenged communal assumptions.  For me, her plea not to be...

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A Rosh HaShanah Reflection on ...

Sep 18, 2017 by

I love asking my kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” because I am always so enamored and tickled with their answers. ...

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Everything Is Waiting For You

Sep 15, 2017 by

I watch the moon closely during the month of Elul.  Two weeks of expansion and then the moon contracts.  Such is the moon’s pattern...

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Preparing Ourselves

Sep 15, 2017 by

In these times of turmoil we rabbis bring a sense of comfort and steadiness to the communities we serve.  In the storm tossed waters...

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It Will Have to Wait until Aft...

Sep 14, 2017 by

“It will have to wait until after the High Holy Days.” My children are used to that refrain.  From late August until early October,...

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Pulling Out an Old Friend Befo...

Sep 30, 2016 by

With the New Year set to begin shortly, I know most of my rabbinical friends are working very hard to craft their sermons and iyunim....

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Growing Deep

Sep 30, 2016 by

How to find and offer wisdom in a polarized world? We live in an uncompromising age, a time of hard edges and bristling polemic.  Our...

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Blank Pages

Sep 29, 2016 by

At this moment of writing I sit in my study at Temple Emanu-El, the early morning quiet contoured by impending rain clouds that...

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