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Posted on April 20, 2016

Happy Passover

Dear Friends, We at Chizuk Amuno have been busily preparing for Pesah. Not only have been focused inwards on our kitchens and homes but we have been focused outwards as well. Through Gemilut Hasadim and our Food Drive we collected 77 bags of food weighing 535 pounds. That food will help fulfill the command of Continue Reading »

Posted on January 4, 2016

Happy 2016: The Blessing of Knowing

On December 31, 2015 I was honored to be invited to give the Reflection at the New Year’s Eve Interfaith Prayer Celebration at Saint Ignatius Jesuit Church of Baltimore. I spoke about “The Blessing of Knowing.” May the year be blessed in its going and its coming. Archbishop Lori and Father Casciotti, my gratitude to Continue Reading »

Posted on December 7, 2015

Hanukkah for Adults

Last year while out to dinner on the sixth night of Hanukkah, I asked my shul dinner companion if he had lit the hanukkiyah before coming out to meet me or would do it when he returned home. He responded, “Neither, it’s too sad to be lighting candles when it’s just me.” Earlier that week Continue Reading »

Posted on September 30, 2015

Sukkah Memories

What do you remember about the Sukkot you’ve built or enjoyed? My first sukkah had metal poles and burlap walls. It wasn’t really a sukkah, rather pieces that were put together into a sukkah. The metal poles weren’t really poles, they were L shaped metal pieces that had been cut to the correct dimensions. They Continue Reading »

Posted on March 18, 2015

Passover Questions

Let the questioning begin! Here are some of the greatest hits from past years: Can a hot plate be kashered? What’s the story with snow peas? What kind of pot should I use for kashering? Can a crock pot be kashered? How might a borderline diabetic manage to eat on Pesah with all the matza? Continue Reading »

Posted on March 10, 2015

A Particular Mitzvah

Do you have a friend who has taken on a particular mitzvah and made it their own? You know who I mean. The friend who is the first to make a meal for someone who is sick. The friend who shows up to make a minyan in all kinds of weather. The friend who keeps Continue Reading »

Posted on September 22, 2014

What I’m Not Praying for in 5775

What do I pray for in the New Year? It would be easier to answer the opposite question – what don’t I pray for in the New Year? I don’t pray for an exciting life where everything changes in an instant. I pray for the quiet pleasures of regularity and routine. I don’t pray for Continue Reading »

Posted on September 21, 2014

Vocabulary Lesson for the High Holidays

The High Holidays are a difficult time for many reasons. Not the least of which is the language used. I don’t mean Hebrew, though Hebrew is a barrier for many when the day is so liturgically heavy. The challenge is that, even in English, many of the words and concepts of the high holidays are Continue Reading »

Posted on August 26, 2014

Returning in Elul

If there were one place to which you could return where would it be? If there were one person to whom you could return who would it be? If you could return a thing what would it be? If you could return to one moment in your life what would it be? Hodesh Tov! Tonight Continue Reading »

Posted on April 3, 2014

20 Suggestions for Pesah Happiness

anyone who offers to help, let them repeat after me, dirt is not hametz once it is cooked, no one can tell the difference between a deckle and a brisket Barton’s almond kisses use your grandmother’s dishes put your shopping list into excel and update yearly go to seven mile before 10:30am start early. slow Continue Reading »