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As the waters receded – Hurricane Harvey 2017

It has been an exhausting week for many of us. I know that Sheryl’s family in Houston and my family are all safe and secure in dry areas now but the week has been filled with crisis and emotion. More troubling is that as we sit here, there are still some dealing with...

Shadow of Charlottesville – Re’eh 5777

Have you gotten your official eclipse-viewing gear yet? Call it free celestial entertainment. That is how the New York Times described a solar eclipse in 1925 – as “the most magnificent free show nature presents to man.” That show is coming, again, on Monday. But, for...

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...

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...

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...

You shall be Holy – Kedoshim 57766

In through the large gilded double doors past the statues of Edison and Newton stands a marvel of Science. I gazed up at the sheer height of it. A cold black steel cable hung from the ceiling with a large sphere dangling at its end. Its movement was slight yet...