Spiritual Lessons from the Exe...

Mar 13, 2019 by

We’re not big romantics in our house, and in a good year, Valentine’s Day may consist of a card featuring golden retriever puppies...

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Anticipating Retirement

Feb 14, 2019 by

In five months I will retire from my position and close a 40-year sojourn in the vineyard of the congregational rabbinate – the last...

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Making Strides for Religious U...

Apr 5, 2018 by

Pastor Todd Buurstra, Dr. Ali Chaudry, and I have been making strides together for some time now. Moved by the travel ban that...

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Speak to the children of Israe...

Feb 12, 2018 by

Jewish history is peppered by tragic events. These are just a few: 1182 – the expulsion of the Jews of France 1290 – the expulsion of...

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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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What is the State of Your Mind...

Oct 23, 2017 by

As an Assistant Rabbi in a mid-sized congregation Devora Silver (name fictionalized) excelled at being an inspiring writer,...

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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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