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Archive: June 2019

Posted on June 12, 2019

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

When I imagine the Israelites wandering through the desert, hundreds of thousands of them, day after day, women, children, men, elderly, their animals. There cranky, they’re hot, they’re thirsty and hungry and even when they have food and drink, they are still cranky because it’s the same thing day after day. Finally each night I Continue Reading »

Posted on February 26, 2019

It Just Takes One

Posted on February 21, 2019

New Challah and Old Wine

       My littlest niece is named Maya Yetta. Her unusual middle name, unusual for a 7 year old and not a 170 year old, is for my great grandmother Yetta Steiglitz who thanks to her longevity and odd name had no one named for her. And my baby brother Dan is a soft touch. Mama, Continue Reading »

Posted on February 6, 2019

In Honor of World Religion Day

I loved that job! From December 1, 2015-March 15, 2016, I was the interim rabbi at Beth Tikvah in Toronto, a congregation similar in size to Chizuk Amuno. I would be covering for the rabbi while he was on a short sabbatical. We overlapped one day so that he could give me an orientation. He Continue Reading »

Posted on November 5, 2018

Installation Address

Shechyanu Recitation Thank you Sandi for your beautiful words.  I have more to say to you this evening but that will be forthcoming.  I am humbled and blown away by all of your presence here tonight.  I love my job.  I love being a pulpit rabbi, and most importantly I love being your rabbi.  It’s Continue Reading »

Posted on November 3, 2018

“Out of Sadness Comes Joy” – #ShowUpForShabbat

Shabbat Shalom Today was supposed to be another Shabbat.  Another Shabbat like the thousands we have all experienced throughout our lives.  We were supposed to be here celebrating with the Antwerpen family as Max was just recently called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah.  We were supposed to be here, in a world that Continue Reading »

Posted on October 30, 2018

Tree of Life Synagogue Memorial Service

I cannot believe that we are here.  This moment seems so surreal that I have found myself in an almost permanent state of shock.  How could this happen in our country.  How could this kind of hatred find its way into our safe space, into our safe time and into our lives.  In truth, I Continue Reading »

Posted on October 25, 2018

National Refugee Shabbat

Our patriarch Abraham was mentioned for the first time in last week’s reading, Parshat Noach, but it is this week’s parshah of Lekh Lekha and next week’s parshah of Vayera which are the primary narratives dealing with his life. His life which is bookended by two identical phrases at its beginning and its end. Lekh Continue Reading »

Posted on September 19, 2018

Yom Kippur – The Power of Memory Today

I am happy to share my sermons with you from the Holidays.  We are also including the links to the streamed video from the sermons as well.  My only request is your understanding that I rarely give the exact version of what is written on the pages in front of me in live time in Continue Reading »

Posted on September 19, 2018

Yom Kippur – Living on the Seam

The robe I am wearing, the clothes you are wearing – they have something in common. They have a seam. It is the place where two pieces of cloth meet and are stitched together. If it’s done well, the seam is even and strong and provides support to what rests on either side of it. Continue Reading »