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Posted on April 29, 2019

Our hearts go out to the Chabad of Poway, California north of San Diego

Yesterday morning in the synagogue we spoke in the moments before Yizkor of personal and collective rituals, those actions and rites that comfort in their familiarity. Last night we engaged in what has tragically become a new ritual in our community, yet one that brings no comfort, only pain. Again we emerged from the collective joy Continue Reading »

Posted on October 29, 2018

An Important Message From Our Rabbis

Our Dear Friends, Shabbat is supposed to be our refuge. Our break from the mundane of the every day, and ascension into the holy. Sadly, today that refuge was broken in an instant. Today we are all a community of mourners as our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh pick up the pieces of their torn Continue Reading »

Posted on October 27, 2018

Our hearts go out to Tree of Life Congregation

October 27, 2018 As you may know, there was a tragic incident this morning at our sister synagogue, Tree of Life Congregation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our hearts go out to the families affected by this senseless act of violence and to the congregation and community. Now is a time for our community to be unified and Continue Reading »

Posted on October 30, 2017

Music from the Amuno Minyan

Ashrei yoshvei ve techa, happy are we who dwell in this house! Happy because each of us may find a mode and medium of prayer that speaks to our heart. Providing multiple Shabbat services nurtures spiritual growth and encourages creativity and renewal in prayer. This past Shabbat there was a lovely and engaging service in Continue Reading »

Posted on November 29, 2016

Israel is Burning

With sadness we have watched this month as Israel burns. Homes, businesses, fields, houses of worship, apartment buildings, playgrounds, absorption centers, restaurants and so much more have burnt to the ground or been irreparably damaged  in the 1,773 fires that burned through Israel from November 18 -26. To give you a greater scope of the 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 November 3, 2015

Shalom Chaver

The soft, slightly melancholy music playing at my desk this week is from an album called “Shalom, Chaver: Goodbye, My Friend” a two disc set charity compilation of love and peace songs by Israel’s top artists in memory of Yitzak Rabin. It came out late in 1995 after Rabin’s assassination and I went looking for 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 July 30, 2014

A Funeral That Teaches the Art of Living

Like many of you, I read as much as I can of the constant media barrage on the conflict in Eretz Israel. One of the challenges for those of us who are so far away geographically, is to understand the personal impact of Operation Protective Edge. Among the most moving was what I received today Continue Reading »

Posted on May 5, 2014

Yom Ha Atzmaut Wedding

One of the exciting things about the rabbinate is that one never knows what the day will bring. One phone call can change everything. Several years ago on Yom Ha Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, I was sitting at my desk around noon when I received a call. A couple from the shul whom I knew, Continue Reading »