Ed Koch’s Unique Brand of Judaism

Yom Kippur September 14, 2013   Earlier this year we lost a giant, a proud Jew, Idl Yitzhik, the former mayor of New York, Ed Koch. Koch was to say the least, a colorful figure who succeeded another Jew, Abe Beame.  Elected after several terms as a progressive Democratic congressman, he liked to describe himself …

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Someone is Watching You: Should We Worry about the NSA Program?

Kol Nidre September 13, 2013   Barely a day goes by without a new revelation coming out about the National Security Agency program to collect data on American citizens. We now know that our government has been collecting records on almost every phone call made in the United States, as well as monitoring e-mail messages …

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Aging: Coping With Growing Older

Rosh Hashana September 6, 2013   This past year I went with my wife and did something we do not do often enough. We went to one of the many fine art galleries in our area. I had read an article in the Washington Post about the black-and-white photographs Nicholas Nixon has taken every year …

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A Dying Mother’s Gift to Her Son

Rosh Hashana Evening September 4, 2013   This being the 25th anniversary of the founding of our synagogue, I was tempted to ask congregants to vote for their favorite sermon I have given over the years and then give the ones  that got the most votes.  It would be hard for me to choose, for …

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