Good Night iPad: A Story for Our Time

Yom Kippur September 26, 2012   I am sure many of you are familiar with, and perhaps even grew up with the wonderful children’s book, “Good Night Moon.”  I used to love reading it to my children when they were little.  The room slowly growing darker, the grandmother whispering hush, the picture of the cow …

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Memo to the Next President of the United States

Yom Kippur September 25, 2012   At the time of the last presidential election I spoke about the factors I suggested should be taken into consideration when deciding who to vote for. I specifically did not endorse either candidate, and was pleased when some of you who heard the sermon interpreted it to be in …

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It’s the Little Things That Count

Rosh Hashana 5773 September 18, 2012   I like to remind people, especially at this time of year, that Judaism is relevant and can help us in our daily lives, and that we can apply its insights into the challenges we encounter in mundane matters. Recently I took my own advice, in an interaction with …

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Lessons the Jews of Budapest Can Teach Us

 Rosh Hashana 5773 September 17, 2012   The late Jewish novelist Saul Bellow, winner of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for literature is acclaimed by many as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. His novels deal primarily with the struggle of Jewish characters to assimilate and adapt to the world around …

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Pushing the Reset Button

Erev Rosh Hashana 5773 September 16, 2012   Since we are in the thick of the election season I can’t help but notice that several terms that have entered the political lexicon have crept into our national parlance. I mention it tonight because these references have relevance to the themes of the holiday.   Shortly …

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My High Holiday Message to Other Rabbis

As Chairman of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America, I recently sent a message to my colleagues, rabbis from all movements across the country. I thought it would be of interest to you, as it reflects my thinking about how I approach the holidays. It captures my philosophy and how I …

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The Last First Day

I have been thinking a great deal about the significance of this day, for it marks the end of a 29 year streak.  It is the last time I will bless one of my children as they go off for the first day of school.   Since September of 1983 when my oldest son left …

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