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Posted on January 23, 2013

Why Do We Repeat the Amidah?

This past Shabbat a former student from KSDS asked me the following: Question: Why do we repeat the amida? Answer: Because the Rabbis knew that not all worshippers were able to read, so they devised a way that one can still participate by saying amen. Really interesting follow up Question: Why is it the prayer leader Continue Reading »

Posted on January 4, 2013

The Theology of Football

Black is the color I’m wearing today. It’s been a short week and I forgot to wear my usual purple. You would think it would be hard to forget with all the excitement surrounding our home playoff game this Sunday and Ray Lewis’ impending retirement. But the truth is, even in a regular week, Purple Continue Reading »

Posted on December 12, 2012

Community Stories from the Struggle

It’s the stories that are so amazing. Over this past week in response to blogs, kavannot, sermons, and school programs we have heard from so many people who took part in the decade’s long struggle to free Soviet Jewry. I wanted to share some of those stories with you and encourage you to share your Continue Reading »

Posted on November 29, 2012

Amuno Minyan

A few weeks ago I had a rare pleasure for a pulpit rabbi. I spent Shabbat at a different shul. A dear friend lives in Washington Heights which is the northern part of Manhattan (above the Upper West Side for those of you unfamiliar with the geography). It used to be a very Jewish neighborhood, Continue Reading »

Posted on November 16, 2012

Sha’alu Shlom Yerushalayim Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Ha Pores Sukkat Shalom aleynu ve al kol Yisrael. Spread a canopy of peace over Israel. This week, the canopy of peace is the Iron Dome missile defense system protecting Israel from the hail of rockets that rain down upon her. 75,000 army reservists have just been called up. There will be no peace in Continue Reading »

Posted on November 12, 2012

Day School or Another Child

My father jokes that Day School tuition is the best contraception. He is a urologist so that’s saying something. Years ago when he said it I would laugh embarrassedly. But as my friends have had children and I’ve heard more than one say, “We’d like to have a third child, or a fourth, but now Continue Reading »

Posted on October 11, 2012

And So It Ends

The Hagim that is. Not the 12 inning long post season game. But both felt long, both reached their conclusions leaving us alternately hopeful and in need of a nap. The white robe has been zipped back into its protective garment bag for another year. The post its have been removed from the Mahzor. The Continue Reading »

Posted on September 27, 2012

God’s Blessings to Man

It was the day after Yom Kippur and I was catching up – filing away the papers, making notes for next year, and working on my Shabbat sermon, when an unfamiliar couple came into the office. They introduced themselves as the Bernsteins and they had with them a framed print of the tapestry (God’s Blessings Continue Reading »

Posted on September 11, 2012

Six Word High Holiday Memoirs

What a joy it is to have Rabbi Seltzer back with us at Chizuk Amuno in a professional capacity! Though he never stopped being a part of Chizzie, we are truly blessed that he is here once again to guide our congregation’s educational development. Rabbi Seltzer introduced me to Six Word Memoirs, those brief encapsulations Continue Reading »

Posted on September 6, 2012

The Nature of Beginnings

Here are six thoughts from different people on the nature of beginnings. Share the questions with your family or use them at your holiday table to inspire meaningful discussion about the nuances of the year past and year to come. All beginnings are difficult. Mechilta de Rabbi Yishmael Why is it that beginnings have to Continue Reading »