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Posted on March 14, 2011

Purim Treats

Way back in August when this website was about to “go live,” Rabbi Shulman and I had a discussion about blogging. I had no idea what to write so I asked him what he imagined we would be writing about in our clergy blogs. Among other helpful things he said, “But I don’t think you Continue Reading »

Posted on September 28, 2010

Save Your Species

For those who might be wondering what to do with your lulav and etrog now that Sukkot is coming to an end, here are a few suggestions to extend the beauty and the ritual of the festival beyond the boundaries of its eight days. Leave your lulav to dry out and use it on Pesah Continue Reading »

Posted on September 20, 2010

Bring on the Books

Someone asked me recently how, as a rabbi, I “celebrate” the end of Yom Kippur. Here’s my deep, dark secret — I read for pleasure. Yes, I build my sukkah; yes, I have a bagel and lox. But the real way I know that Yom Kippur is behind me is by the books on my Continue Reading »

Posted on September 16, 2010

When God Calls You

God asks Abraham where he is? In Calling out to him, God wants to know, “Abraham – where are you?” Abraham responds quickly and firmly, “vayomer hineni” – and he said, “Here I am.” Initially it seems to be a simple answer to a simple question. God Asks: “Where are you?” and Abraham says, “Here Continue Reading »

Posted on September 13, 2010

Ess, Daven, Kvell

The Yiddish equivalent of this summer’s top book-turned-into-a-movie is a pretty good estimation of this past Rosh Hashanah. Maybe not in that order, possibly with different scenery, and certainly with less idolatry. Ess– As I said to Rabbi Shulman on Wednesday night, “Think of how many briskets gave their lives for this meal?” I don’t Continue Reading »

Posted on September 5, 2010

Communities and Individuals

Community, community, community. That’s what we talk about these days. It’s right that we should talk about community as we prepare to gather in the largest numbers of the year. As we try to “craft” a tefillah experience that is meaningful for all of us in the Krieger Auditorium, I am wrestling with the two Continue Reading »

Posted on August 22, 2010

Shanah Tovah from Iceland

Iceland. That’s where my thoughts went in preparing for the New Year. Over the summer as I prepared my annual greeting for those who attend services with me in the Krieger Auditorium I turned to Iceland. It was news to me, but apparently Iceland has a long tradition of ceremonies for inhabiting a new home Continue Reading »

Posted on August 20, 2010

A Synagogue Service that Is an Hour Long but Lasts for Eternity

Rabbi Levi Yitzhak overwhelmed by the suffering of the Jewish people stands before the Almighty on the “Holiest of Days” and calls God to stand on trial. Levi Yitzhak asks the question “what does HaShem want from His people?” Last night during dinner with Leo Bretholz, the author of Leap Into Darkness, my wife Janice Continue Reading »