Confirmation Class Message – 2015

May 30, 2015   The focus of study for the confirmation class is studying ancient texts. We study classic Jewish sources for a number of reasons. For one, I want to be sure that the children of B’nai Tzedek have a knowledge base and an awareness of Jewish teachings – what they are, how they …

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Don’t Cry for Me Argentina

May 9, 2015   As president of the Rabbinic Cabinet of JFNA, I have had the privilege of traveling with colleagues from across the US and from all denominations to visit Jewish communities in Budapest, Hungary, Kiev and Tblisi, Georgia. So my advice to any young people who like to travel and who want to …

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Iran, the Speech and the Deal

In reflecting upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech before Congress and the issues he raised, I realized one of the reasons we are all feeling so uncomfortable is because no one likes tension.  The antics of the relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu feels like when parents fight and quarrel. As …

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Je Suis Juif

I am tempted to deliver my sermon today in French to convey solidarity with the victims of the massacre in Paris. People in France and around the world people have lifted up their pens and held high placards that proclaim, “Je suis Charlie”, I am Charlie as an act of identification with the members of …

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Je Suis Juif

January 10, 2015   I am tempted to deliver my sermon today in French to convey solidarity with the victims of the massacre in Paris.   People in France and around the world people have lifted up their pens and held high placards that proclaim, “Je suis Charlie”, I am Charlie as an act of …

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The Rape of Dinah – and Other Stories in the News

December 6, 2014   Today’s Torah reading, is unfortunately, all too familiar, and perhaps even a bit too close for comfort.   Each week when I review the weekly Torah reading I look to see if there is a correlation between the Biblical narrative and what is happening in our world. I search to see …

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Massacre in a Jerusalem Synagogue

On Shabbat when I reflect on the previous week, I sometimes wonder and think — How has our world changed, and what do we know that we did not know a week ago?  Our world is different this Shabbat because, among other things, our family, the family of the Jewish people lost four tzadikim, four …

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Lessons from the Spies

June 14, 2014   The incident of the meraglim, the spies, is clearly one of the great disasters of the Bible, if not, of all of Jewish history.   It had the exact opposite impact than its intended purpose. The 12 individual spies, each leaders in their own right were intimidated by what they saw …

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Is there a Connection between Yom HaShoah & Yom HaAtzmaut?

May 3, 2014   The Jewish calendar, which is the subject of the latter part of this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Emor has many quirks. It is a lunar calendar.  Yet unlike other calendars based on the cycle of the moon, such as the Moslem calendar, it has corrections so that it remains in sync …

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