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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 »

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 »

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