Rosh Hashanah 2020 – Fear

Esther and Shmuley Rothenberg are getting ready for bed. Esther stares at her reflection in a full-length mirror. “All I see in this mirror is an old woman. So many wrinkles, bags under my eyes, flab on my arms. Shmuley, tell me something positive so I can feel better about myself.” Shmuley considers this for […]

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Kol Nidre – Ambiguous Loss

As the story is told, scientists determined that within two weeks the entire world would be destroyed by a catastrophic flood. The entire planet would be totally under water and there is nothing that could be done about it. All the major religions convened their greatest leaders to discuss how to prepare their congregations for […]

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Yom Kippur – To RBG with gratitude

It’s been phenomenal how widespread the expression of grief has been for the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. This is true not just among Jews but among American’s in general. This feisty Jewish grandmother, diminutive in height but mighty in intellect, is an inspiration to all of us because she fought for full equality, […]

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Share Your Light

Yom Kippur Morning 5778/2017   A young rabbi stood on the bima delivering his Yom Kippur sermon. Wanting to make a strong impression he banged on the lectern as he loudly delivered the first line of his sermon, “Every member of this congregation will die someday!” He paused and looked around at the somber look […]

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Rosh Hashanah Morning 5778/2017   Perhaps you’ve heard: After having dug to a depth of 1,000 meters last year, French scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 1,000 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors had a telephone network all those centuries ago. Not to be outdone by the French, an English […]

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