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Spirituality

Posted on January 20, 2012

Why We’re Only Talking About Sunday

Let me teach you an important Talmudic principle: tafasta merubah, lo tafasta. It means if you try and hold too much, you’ll end up dropping everything. It is taught in several rabbinic contexts including a discussion of the height of the Ark of the Covenant. The rabbinic commentator Rashi explains that if one is faced Continue Reading »

Posted on December 16, 2011

Hazak Hazak V’Nithazek

Ten months ago Shoshana S. Cardin was the first member of the congregation to fill in a letter of our new Torah scroll. This past Tuesday night at 9pm Mimi Blitzer and David Mallott were the last members of our congregation to fill in letters. Like most partings, it was filled with sweet sorrow. Now Continue Reading »

Posted on November 24, 2011

Limitations and Desserts

When pastry chef Christina Tosi was asked by Bon Appetit how she comes up with her off beat but insanely good desserts for Momofuku Milk Bar in New York, she answered “Limitations. Restrictions help with creativity. You have to learn to make something out of nothing. How creative can you get?” In reading that last Continue Reading »

Posted on October 11, 2011

Free Gilad Shalit

There was another time I remember feeling like this. In the spring of 1986 Natan Sharansky made his first visit to New York after having been released from Russian prison in February of that year. Throughout my high school years I had marched on the UN in support of Soviet Jewry. I had seen the Continue Reading »

Posted on July 21, 2011

The Community of Atlantis

It was with mixed feelings that I read this morning of the return of the space shuttle Atlantis and the end of the shuttle program. There are moments that stand out in my mind and my memory, especially those moments of loss and tragedy. That Shabbat morning in 2003 when we heard of the space Continue Reading »

Posted on April 8, 2011

36 Hours From Afghanistan

They barely looked tired. They had so many bags. And animals. And children. They smiled and some cried and some stared. But all were welcomed home. Last night a small group of us from Chizuk Amuno went out to BWI to welcome home our servicemen and women. We have been going about once a month Continue Reading »

Posted on March 1, 2011

Finding the Sacred in the Mundane

On Shabbat morning a gentleman came up to me and said, “I have a quick question, what’s mysticism?” I ducked the question (gracefully I hope) and promised to get back to him. Since then several more people have commented to me about our sermon/discussion last Shabbat based on Max Kadushin’s concept of Normal Mysticism so Continue Reading »

Posted on February 2, 2011

The Most Important Part of the Body

At a birthday party this past week, another parent was helping his kid and said something along the lines of, “The most important part of your body is …” and was waiting for someone to say brain. He’s a neurologist so that would likely have been the most obvious answer. But before he could finish Continue Reading »

Posted on January 7, 2011

A Night at the Museum

Full confession – I am not an artist. I don’t even play one on TV. It’s true I enjoy taking art classes (a shout out to my sixth grade art buddies at KSDS and our teacher Brina Pintzuk who will also be exhibiting in the show) but at home I mostly tinker with crafts -making Continue Reading »

Posted on December 23, 2010

The Israel of Our Dreams

Ein li eretz acheret gam im admati boeret. “I have no other country even if my land is aflame.” This Israeli song has been in my head and on my lips for the past two weeks. The images of the Carmel mountain range aflame brought back to mind this anthem from the 1980’s with its Continue Reading »