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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Fiddling with Fidelity and Faith

Yom Kippur October 8, 2011   This past year will be remembered for many things.  Among the more memorable aspects would have to be the antics of some very prominent figures, and how often the same storyline seemed to repeat itself.  Even though by now we should be immune and used to great men acting …

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Israel: A Non-Political Sermon

Kol Nidre 2011 October 7, 2011   There is a robust discussion taking place in a number of public forums these days about whether or not rabbis should speak about political issues on the pulpit, especially during the High Holidays.  Personally, I believe it is a prerogative of a rabbi to be a good citizen …

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Sign of the Times: A Story of Redemption”

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 September 30, 2011   In early 1995, less than a year after we had moved into our current facility, on a Saturday night when we were holding an art auction, someone plowed into one of our signs at the top of our driveway.  A young kid speeding down Norton Road, was …

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What A Difference A Year Makes

Rosh Hashana Day 1 September 29, 2011   What words could ever surpass the powerful Unetaneh Tokef, the prayer recited during Musaf, which captures the essence of this day.  It proclaims the sanctity and nature of this Yom HaDin, Day of Judgment declaring that, “On Rosh Hashana it is written and on Yom Kippur it …

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My Recurring Dream

I had my recurring dream the other night, the one which comes especially this time of year. There are variations of the dream, but the scenario is always the same. This time, I dreamt that I suddenly realized at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon that it was first day of Rosh Hashana and that I …

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What Cancer Has Taught Me

Rosh Hashanah September 9, 2010   As the Yiddish saying goes, “Mentsch tracht, und Gott lacht: Man plans, and God laughs.”   How true.  How true.   I have always thought of myself as healthy, not invulnerable or immune to illness, but as someone with a lot of energy, stamina and strong will power. Tumors, …

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Dancing with Elijah

Rosh Hashana Evening September 8, 2010   Although no book in the Bible bears his name, and no writings are attributed to him, there are more legends and stories in Jewish folklore about Elijah than any other Biblical hero.  Most of us associate of Elijah with being a visitor at our Passover seders.   Throughout …

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Atonement, Teshuvah and Other Lessons

Yom Kippur Morning September 29, 2009   The themes of Yom Kippur have to do with repentance and introspection. It is a time to review our values and priorities, to renew and restore our ties to our people and heritage, when our thoughts focus on teshuva, turning and of seeking forgiveness.  We accomplish these difficult …

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