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Posted on February 12, 2015

Sam Glaser/The Light Still Shines On

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 Sam Glaser/The Light Still Shines On It has already been two months since we hosted a Chanukah concert featuring the talented and versatile entertainer Sam Glaser at Chizuk Amuno. The concert, made possible through the generosity of Leonard and Phyllis Attman, hit a high note with the audience especially with a guest Continue Reading »

Posted on September 23, 2014

Believing is Seeing

When you open your eyes do you see only what’s in front of you? When you sing do you mouth sounds or interpret and infuse expressive meaning to words? Do you forget what you read or read to forget? Society has often been trained to look for frequent pleasurable distractions to help face the onslaught 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 September 22, 2014

Seeing HaShem in a Grandchild’s eyes made of “Perls”

On Thursday at 5:18 on 9/18 Abner Judah Perlman was born to Bethany and Benjamin Perlman. Janice and I became Bubbie and Zaide and held and beheld God’s Shehina (His Divine Presence) in our arms and overflowing hearts. Throughout our lives we hear “just wait until you become a grandparent, just wait…” The waiting is 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 »

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 »

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