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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 »

Posted on January 23, 2014

Another Day in Pikesville

Add this one to the list of “Only in Pikesville” stories. The location: Dunkin Donuts on Old Court and Reisterstown. The cast of characters: yours truly, a man with a black velvet kippah, four others waiting in line. A sign was up advertising a new menu item, a pretzel roll. The man with the kippah Continue Reading »

Posted on November 27, 2013

Uf Gozal – Farewell to Arik Einstein

From literally the day they were born I’ve sung to my children at night before bed. During the nighttime hours when I would walk the halls with a crying baby over my shoulder I would go through an entire repertoire of childhood favorites, camp songs, rock ballads, tefillot, and niggunim. But always in the rotation Continue Reading »

Posted on October 24, 2013

Happy Anniversary to All of Us

Had one of my senior colleagues not posted it to Facebook, I would have missed this anniversary entirely – such is the arrogance of youth. October 24th is the 30th anniversary of the vote which gave women the right to be ordained as Conservative Rabbis. As many of you heard two shabboses ago, 30 years Continue Reading »

Posted on October 16, 2013

18th Yahrtzeit of Yitzhak Rabin

Today is the 18th anniversary of the death of Yizthak Rabin (12 Heshvan). This is a repost of a column from three years ago when I first started blogging. Fifteen years. Is it possible that fifteen years have passed since Yizthak Rabin was killed at a Tel Aviv peace rally? Fifteen years since that Saturday Continue Reading »

Posted on June 18, 2013

Buried Treasure

A box of Nestle Crunch bars. A dozen tin menorahs. Vinyl records. Half of a bottle of vodka. Thousands (and I mean thousands) of white kippot. This is just a small sampling of the treasures we have uncovered this week as we cleaned the nooks and crannies of Chizuk Amuno. Each one told a story Continue Reading »

Posted on April 17, 2013

The Diameter of the Bomb

The Diameter of the Bomb by Yehuda Amichai The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters and the diameter of its effective range about seven meters, with four dead and eleven wounded. And around these, in a larger circle of pain and time, two hospitals are scattered and one graveyard. But the young woman who Continue Reading »

Posted on April 8, 2013

How We Remember

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and our halls are somber. Six yellow candles burn quietly, a constant reminder in the midst of our work and school day. I spent this morning as I do each Monday I am able, at minyan with our Krieger Schechter Lower School students. Their lovely minyan filled with Continue Reading »

Posted on February 14, 2013

Rabbi David Hartman z”l

I was saddened to read of the death this past Sunday of Rabbi David Hartman. He was an extraordinary Jewish thinker and educator. Over the past week in many of the Jewish and some secular publications, people have written of their experiences studying with Rabbi Hartman and I’d like to add my voice to the Continue Reading »