What Can I Say? Fostering Civi...

Sep 10, 2018 by

The Talmud teaches, “With words world are created…” As clergy, the High Holiday season fills us with awe and trembling because our...

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“Gates” as an Endu...

Sep 6, 2018 by

At Neilah, the closing service at the end of Yom Kippur, we imagine ourselves standing at the gates of heaven, urgently pleading for...

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A Less Lonely Path to Repentan...

Sep 5, 2018 by

The High Holy Day days can be a lonely experience. Though many of us gather in overflowing sanctuaries, together with family and...

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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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How Can We Sleep?

Oct 6, 2016 by

It was my grandmother who asked me, “Why do rabbis always talk about Jonah on Yom Kippur? Can’t they think of some other subject?” ...

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What We Can Learn about Placem...

Oct 5, 2016 by

As my service as the CCAR Placement Director is winding down and my sojourn in New York is coming to a close, I find myself...

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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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