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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Some Things You Can Discuss at Your Seder this Year

Shabbat HaGadol April 12, 2014   This, the Shabbat before Pesah, is known as Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat. And what a great Shabbat it is – the chance to see and to celebrate a special birthday of a great grandmother and the naming of her great grandchild!  This after all, is part of the …

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Not Forgetting What We are Supposed to Remember

Shabbat Zachor March 15, 2014   I have always felt that Zachor, the name associated with this shabbat captures in a single word the essential moral imperative of what it means to be a Jew. We are commanded Zachor:  Remember.   But what are we commanded to remember?   On Passover and at other times we …

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Nelson Mandela

December 7, 2013   As the accolades pour in from around the world mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, we should realize how fortunate we are to have lived during a time when we witnessed first-hand the power of such an extraordinary leader.   Imprisoned for 27 years in South Africa for protesting its apartheid …

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