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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...

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...

The Power of Faith – Resilience 5778

A famous story told by the Hasidic master, Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav. Once a family was cursed, and their son, their pride and joy, became convinced he was a rooster. He removed his clothes, and sat clucking beneath the family table. He refused to eat human food, only...

Confronting our Judaism – Haazinu 5778

In 2012, the poet Tracy Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for her slim volume entitled Life on Mars. The daughter of one of the engineers of the Hubble Telescope and a professor of creative writing at Princeton, she explores the fraught intersection of space and earth,...

One Voice for the New Year – 2017

I am a big fan of Game of Thrones.  I love the majesty of the designs and the depth of the dialogue.  In each episode, we are taken deeper into the essence of each character.  I was struck by a conversation earlier this season that seems all too relevant to the...

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...