Fiddler on the Roof

Rosh Hashana Day 1 September 25, 2014   Investing in a Broadway play is risky business. For every one successful smash hit, there are dozens of failures.  Who would have imagined that a play that opened on Broadway exactly 50 years ago this week about a simple Jewish milkman with five daughters would be of …

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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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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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