A Letter to the People of Egypt

February 12, 2011   Dear Egyptian People,   Salam. We are inspired by the courage and determination of the young people who have led this revolution and impressed by the unity of purpose and harmony shown by diverse segments of the population. We rejoice and celebrate with you in what you have achieved, and genuinely …

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A Sermon of Thanks

February 5, 2011   I preceded my Rosh Hashana sermon a few months ago with a simple question. I asked, “Nu, so how was your summer?”  By then I had shared with you the news of my diagnosis.  Facing the abyss of uncertainty of my prognosis coupled with the fear of the unknown, but with …

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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

A recent article in the Sunday New York Times discussed the phenomena of families having a bar or bat mitzvah outside the framework of a synagogue. There are children who are being prepared for this traditional rite of passage by “online tutoring” with an anonymous person who may only meet the student and family infrequently, …

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