A Most Unusual Shabbat

There was a great deal of anticipation last Friday night as we anxiously awaited the arrival of Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. Our synagogue has been honored to have hosted his predecessors: Ambassadors Rabinovich, Shoval, Ayalon and Meridor.   I have known Michael Oren for a number of years. From the moment he walked …

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“Of Shuls and Country Clubs:” A Frank Conversation

This is the time of year we receive inquiries from people wishing to join our synagogue.  It is also when we learn which of our members will not maintain their affiliation.     People leave a synagogue for any of a variety of reasons.  Sometimes they join another congregation.  While I wish they would stay, …

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An Approach to Torah

Here is an excerpt of a sermon I gave about my approach to Torah.     ….Professor Israel Knohl of the Hebrew University seizes on the parallel narratives describing the creation of the world and concludes that this is not unintentional.  The Bible purposefully begins with a mahklohet, differing opinions, and a dispute, for it …

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Bringing the Messiah

It snowed again this past Shabbat.  It reminds me of some of the summers I spent at Jewish camp when it seemed to rain every Shabbat.   When trying to decide what to do about Shabbat services and other weekend activities, I recalled a number of years ago when the weather forecasters had given dire …

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