Yizkor

Yizkor October 9, 2008   As is true of any year, many people died this past year. I don’t mean to sound harsh, cold, unfeeling, or unsympathetic, but that is the truth.  Some were people we knew and loved, and some were people we only heard of, but it felt like we knew them.   …

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Kaddish and Shiva: What I Learned from Being a Mourner

Yom Kippur Morning Octobrt 9, 2008   This past November when sitting shiva for my father I was asked, “So Rabbi, who comforts the comforter?” The answer was very clear to me, and I responded without hesitation, “The congregation comforts the comforter.”   If I ever had any doubts about the power of shiva, and …

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The Economy, the Elections and Other Such Matters

Yom Kippur Evening October 8, 2008   Editing my first book of sermons* was a lot more work than I expected it to be. I had to check out every reference, to make sure all the quotes from the Talmud and other sources were accurate and most important of all, that the jokes were still …

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Ethics and Ritual

Rosh Hashana October 1, 2008   I am of the generation that remembers the shock of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 45 years ago. I still recall the initial shock, horror, and tremendous sadness felt by the entire nation.  That Friday night I went to synagogue with my father.  The shul was packed, …

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