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Our Nation is in Turmoil; We Must Not Remain Silent

The brutal murder of George Floyd has caused all of us to once again focus on the systemic and foundational racism on which our country is founded. As events of this past week continue to unfold, many of us watch in anger, sadness, and disbelief. The images of violence on the part of both police

On Shavuot Be Ready to Accept the Gift of Torah

“…you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete: you must count until the day after the seventh week — fifty days; then you shall bring an offering of new grain to Adonai” –Lev. 23:15-16 Beginning on the eve of the second day of Passover, the Omer is counted each evening, signifying our preparation

Everyone Counts

This week we begin reading the fourth book of Torah, B’midbar, which literally means “in the wilderness.” It is a narrative of the Israelites’ forty years of wandering across the Sinai desert. In English the book is commonly referred to as the “Book of Numbers,” because it begins with God commanding Moses to take a

Lag Ba’Omer: Still Worth Celebrating

Yesterday, Tuesday, May 12th was the holiday of Lag Ba’Omer. It falls on the 33rd day of counting the Omer. By combining the Hebrew letter lamed, which has a numerical value of 30, and gimmel, whose numerical value is three – the holiday gets its name. There are various explanations for why we note this

Counting the Days Isn’t Always Easy

A very timely reminder comes in this week’s Torah portion, Emor. That reminder is that we are in the period of counting the Omer. In a list of sacred festivals to be observed, we read, “you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete: you must count until the day after the seventh week

So Much Originates in Torah

Jews understand the foundational significance of Torah. Presenting the development of the relationship between the Israelites and God, its current relevancy simultaneously continues to teach and inspire us. Containing the stories that inform our collective memory, Torah is also the source of many of society’s cultural references. This past Sunday, our Religious School students (Yes,

In ‘Never Forgetting’ We’ll Remember to ‘Never Lose Hope’

This message is being composed on April 21st of 2020, coinciding this year with Yom Hashoah. At a time in our lives when we have been forced to pause, we have time to contemplate what gives us meaning and purpose. Jews around the world recognize that today our thoughts are about “never forgetting” and “never

Passover Spirituality is Where We Look for It

The dichotomy between communal worship and individual home observance has always existed. These days, we realize more than ever that engaging in Jewish ritual is more about satisfying internal spiritual needs rather than communal expressions of Jewish identity. Normally our own Jewish practice is divided between our attendance at Temple, and what we do at

In Anticipation of the Passover Holiday

As we prepare to observe Passover, we may find ourselves comparing this year to previous ones. Many of us will be limited to on-line observances and making do with only a few of the ritual items and foods which would normally grace our Seder tables. It is in times like these that it is especially

Random Acts of Kindness

That a rabbi might be grateful for a minyan is relatively common. That a rabbi can say “you made my day” to a Minion, is a bit more unusual. Over the weekend my doorbell rang, and I found a package of cookies placed between my front and screen doors. The note said “May these cookies