• 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...

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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...

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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...

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  • Voting as Civic Duty and Sacred Responsibility – July 17, 2020

    Every people has a story. The Jewish story begins in the Torah: “In the beginning,” the creation of the Universe.  God forms the world and all that lives upon it, and as a final, crowning act, creates human beings. Significantly, God fashions people in the Divine image, which means that...

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  • Tragedy on the Border: A First Person Report – with photographs

    The wall is made of long narrow metal planks sunk deep into the ground and extends high into the sky. The planks are set on the bias, creating a louvered look that permits a view of the other side. The wall travels as far as the eye can see, dividing...

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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...

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  • Truth Unto its Most Innermost Parts – The Motto of Brandeis University

    Kol Nidre 5778/2017   It’s been a bad year for the truth. A very bad year. We’re only now, day by day, learning much real news was maligned as fake news. And how much fake news was dressed up to look like real news.  большое спасибо, Мать Россия – Thank...

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  • The Perils of Being Perpetually Connected

    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...

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