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Archive: January 2017

Posted on January 22, 2017

Agents of the Arc

You may ask why I am here today and not marching with my sisters. Let me share with you what I shared with the Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools women and men who are marching today. My Dear Chizuk Women: Almost a thousand years ago, the Spanish, Jewish poet Yehuda Ha Levi expressed beautifully the Continue Reading »

Posted on December 12, 2016

Jews and Their Books

While shopping I recently came across something that I found both beautiful and ugly at the same time. It was a book that had been made into a purse. The book was an old Nancy Drew mystery that had been hollowed out and cute handles attached to the side. It was beautifully made and totally funky Continue Reading »

Posted on October 31, 2016

Torah Teaching: Let Us Make

Shabbat Bereishit 5777 When God creates humanity in the Divine Image, God’s words are, “Let us make the human in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) Who is God addressing? If there’s only One God, why does humanity’s creation suggest God is not alone? These are questions without easy answers. Questions debated by many Continue Reading »

Posted on October 28, 2016

Rosh HaShanah 2016: Control What We Can

Rosh HaShanah 5777 A woman approaches me. I recognize her. I know we’ve met somewhere, sometime. Unfortunately, as she gets near I realize I don’t remember when, where, or who she is. “Hi, Rabbi,” she says smiling before she asks, “Do you remember me?” “Of course,” I answer hoping our conversation quickly moves on to Continue Reading »

Posted on October 14, 2016

Yom Kippur 2016 Ve Im Lo

In 2013, forty years to the day after the Yom Kippur War. Major General Eli Zeira, former head of Military Intelligence for the Israeli Defense Forces appeared in Tel Aviv, before an audience of national security experts. He was 85 years old and his gait was slightly unsteady as he walked onto the stage. Though Continue Reading »

Posted on October 14, 2016

Rosh Hashanah 2016 Facing Fear

Many people forget that there was an earlier bombing at the world trade center in 1993. The fear and anxiety with which we live now, which shrouded our summer in darkness, really began back then before 9/11. During one of those years between 1993 and 1999 I was still living in New York City. I Continue Reading »

Posted on October 7, 2016

A Purposeful Pause

This morning I want to think with you about intermission. Technically an intermission is an interval between parts of a play, movie or concert. But what would you say if I were to ask you what the purpose of an intermission is or was? What you said: A bathroom break Time to talk about the Continue Reading »

Posted on September 30, 2016

The Met Mitzvah

It was the last week of August in 2010. School was back in session, Labor Day was coming the following weekend, and the usual busy pace of life had resumed at Chizuk Amuno much as it has now. My phone rang and on the other end of the line was a social worker at Johns Continue Reading »