Why Sandy Koufax Still Matters

November 7, 2015   This week marks the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.   The anniversary was the source of much speculation about lu yehi – “what if”, or “if only.”  People wonder what would have happened had Rabin not been shot, especially in terms of relations with the Palestinians.  The conversation …

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The Kid, the Couple, and the Baseball

April 28, 2012   A serious debate is taking place in our country, threatening to tear us apart, with people lining up on both sides of the controversy. As is so often the case with matters of great import such as this, it is difficult for people to see the other side.  Partisans feel passionately …

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Tim Tebow or Not to Bow?

January 14, 2012   John Mackey, who played tight end for the Baltimore Colts in the glory years when I was growing up in Baltimore used to say that being in the huddle with Johny Unitas was like being in the huddle with God.   There are those who believe that God is in the …

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The Pre-Season: Getting Ready

August 22, 2009   I have a confession to make: I am always a little bit nervous whenever this, the first bar mitzvah of the year rolls around.  I am worried that I am rusty and a bit out of practice, since the last bar mitzvah I conducted, and the last sermon I wrote and …

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Lessons from a Super Super Bowl

February 9, 2008    If we had just relied on the experts, and if they had been right, this coming Tuesday President Bush would be welcoming the members of the New England Patriots to the White House to celebrate their victory in last Sunday’s Super Bowl. But as so often happens in sports and in …

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Heroes: They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To

Rosh Hashana September 14, 2007   Our tradition views living modestly, within our means as a virtue, and gives us the tools to follow this approach in death as well as in life. Repulsed by the excesses and extravagant funerals of the wealthy, Rabban Gamliel decreed in the second century that he be buried in …

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Red Sox Nation: We Remember Them

Yizkor October 13, 2005   It was clear that it wasn’t meant to be. It just wasn’t in the cards that the Boston Red Sox could pull off a miracle a second year in a row.   Last week the Red Sox’s chances of repeating their World Series victory of last year were nixed when …

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