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Posted on January 9, 2015

The Theology of Football

** This is a revision of a post from January 2013. Lucky for us, we have lots of January football in Baltimore. Black is the color I’m wearing today. It’s been a short week and I forgot to wear my usual purple. You would think it would be hard to forget with all the excitement Continue Reading »

Posted on December 9, 2014

Sunday the Rabbi Went to the Moon

It was a long flight, but I packed well, hydrated, and made it there and back in time to watch the first quarter of the Ravens game with the Brotherhood. This past Sunday the Rosenbloom Religious School second graders invited me to go to the moon with them. Their class is called Kochavim (stars) because Continue Reading »

Posted on November 7, 2014

Hinei Ma Tov

It began as a random email. A stranger reaching out across the net. A member of the Hamsptead Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who worked with a Chizuk Amuno member. The church was seeking a faith partner with which to engage in community service, might Chizuk Amuno be interested? Continue Reading »

Posted on June 10, 2014

Summer Reading

If there is a more luxurious feeling than lying in a hammock, or in bed, or on the couch on a summer evening and delving into a good book, then I don’t know what it is. As the warm weather begins, my reading list turns to a mix of High Holiday preparation and summer favorites. Continue Reading »

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 »

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