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Writing your own story

"I am now one hundred and twenty years old, I can no longer be active." With that surprising realization, Moses begins his final address to the children of Israel. When Moses completes this address he will have accomplished what few others take the opportunity to do....

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Yizkor Fire

For many of us, beyond the haunting words of Kol Nidre and possibly the reading of the story of Jonah, the melodies and messages of Yizkor today, make this day most meaningful. Four times a year we gather to remember those who have died. They are our family, friends...

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Lifting Up Our Community

There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God, or so the story goes. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with cupcakes, several cans of root beer and started on his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he saw an...

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Pride Shabbat

I am an ally. I have been an ally my whole life. I believe in openness, equality, and love. I know this because of my faith, which promotes these values to the highest degree. And I believe that my Jewish foundation has taught me to live so that all might find...

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No one grieves alone

There is a tale of a woman whose husband tragically passed away. Despondent, she visited her rabbi and said, “I can no longer bear the burden of my grief. The pain is too much for me. What prayers, what rituals, what cure do you have to banish the sadness from my...

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Sermon Memorial Day

Shabbat Shalom, As I have done for the past 29 years since my ordination as a rabbi, I have dedicated my sermon on the Shabbat before Memorial Day to the men and women of our armed forces. Before the term “lone soldier” was a thing, I joined the Israel Defense Forces...

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Own it! – Shmini 5777

I just had an awesome week. As Pesach ended, I boarded a plane to fly to Houston and meet my newborn granddaughter, Hazel, face to face. I was so excited that when I landed at 5am in Houston, I had my driver take me straight to the hospital. With an ear to ear grin...

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