Soccer Parents, Soccer Goals and What Really Counts

 Yom Kippur September 27, 2001     It is more than just an aphorism to state that life as we know it will never again be the same. Time will now be measured in terms of Before September 11, 2001 and after. Two weeks later, it is still hard to get the horrific images out of …

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Kol Nidre September 26, 2001 This time of year is such a moving one, lending itself to introspection and reflection upon important issues, which otherwise might not receive the attention they deserve. This day is truly a gift, bequeathed to us by our ancestors.  Although they lived in a far simpler time, or perhaps precisely …

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After the Ashes and the Attack: Anger

Rosh Hashana September 19, 2001   We have just heard, and shall hear again more fully, during the musaf service the sound of the shofar blasts. Maimonides explains in the Mishneh Torah that the blasts are meant to summon us to arise from our slumber, so that we may search our deeds and repent.  Its …

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Israel: All Alone, Again

Rosh Hashana September 18, 2001 I spoke yesterday about the tragedy that befell our nation last week, introducing my sermon by commenting on how the sound of the shofar parallels and evokes the sound of the sirens which have become all too commonplace, first in Israel, and now in America.   And again, today, as I …

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“The Blessing of a Funeral”

Erev Rosh Hashana September 17, 2002 How interesting and ironic – that words which were prepared prior to the tragic events of the last few days seem to be almost prescient.   In an article I wrote for the Potomac Almanac, which appeared in this week’s paper, I commented:   “It has been a difficult …

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