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Posted on October 24, 2013

Happy Anniversary to All of Us

Had one of my senior colleagues not posted it to Facebook, I would have missed this anniversary entirely – such is the arrogance of youth. October 24th is the 30th anniversary of the vote which gave women the right to be ordained as Conservative Rabbis. As many of you heard two shabboses ago, 30 years Continue Reading »

Posted on February 3, 2013

A Blessing for the Ravens

Several weeks ago I wrote about the theology of football. I mentioned how many of you ask me to pray for the Ravens. You won’t be surprised to hear that the same thing happened numerous times over the Purple weekend leading up to Super Bowl. So let me repeat again what I said. I adore Continue Reading »

Posted on January 30, 2013

Lip Shtick

There is this well known teaching from Pirkei Avot that says, al tistakel be kankan, eleh be ma sheyesh bo. It means, “Don’t look at a vessel but rather at what’s inside it.” Or in other words, Don’t judge a book by its cover. However, I am not sure that the Rabbis intended that to be applied Continue Reading »

Posted on August 6, 2012

What Are You Reading?

At Kiddush this week, someone asked me what I read over the summer. And then at Shabbat lunch someone else asked as well. And then Sunday morning another person asked. I detected a trend. It just so happens that I keep a list (by quarter) so I thought I’d share with you and compare notes. Continue Reading »

Posted on July 25, 2012

Remembering the Munich 11

Even though it may not help, I signed the petition. Because I believe that there should be one minute of silence to remember the Munich 11 at tomorrow’s opening ceremony of the summer Olympics. Having read the argument of the International Olympic Committee that a memorial to the Israeli athletes would “politicize” the Olympics I Continue Reading »

Posted on October 6, 2011

Can You Believe It?!

Can you believe it? Rosh HaShana services are over? Every year we can’t help but notice how much faster the pages of a calendar turns. When we look back, the years seem like months; months seem like days; days seem like hours; and hours seem like minutes. However, looking forward, minutes can seem like an Continue Reading »

Posted on September 8, 2011

A *Breath* of Inspiration

We are blessed with congregants at Chizuk Amuno who define the true essence and meaning of courage combined with faith. One of those individuals is Anne King. If you don’t recognize the name you will recognize her face. For many devoted years she has steadfastly coordinated and directed the highly successful Sisterhood Gift Shop at Continue Reading »

Posted on August 21, 2011

A Trip to Germany and Israel with over a Hundred Cantors

It is my pleasure to invite you on an awe-inspiring Cantors Assembly journey of Heritage & Healing to Germany and Israel. As you are aware the Cantors Perlman 5 have led mometous trips in the past to Israel full of song and lasting memories that many of you attended. This trip sponsored by the Cantors Continue Reading »

Posted on April 8, 2011

36 Hours From Afghanistan

They barely looked tired. They had so many bags. And animals. And children. They smiled and some cried and some stared. But all were welcomed home. Last night a small group of us from Chizuk Amuno went out to BWI to welcome home our servicemen and women. We have been going about once a month Continue Reading »

Posted on March 1, 2011

Finding the Sacred in the Mundane

On Shabbat morning a gentleman came up to me and said, “I have a quick question, what’s mysticism?” I ducked the question (gracefully I hope) and promised to get back to him. Since then several more people have commented to me about our sermon/discussion last Shabbat based on Max Kadushin’s concept of Normal Mysticism so Continue Reading »

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