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Shabbat Shalom | February 9, 2024

“My dear Rabbi,” the longtime congregant wrote to the congregation’s new religious leader, “I appreciated your sermon on race relations. It was thoughtful and well-crafted. I did, however, miss hearing about Torah and religion. Perhaps your next sermon can be on something Jewish.” “Dear Rabbi,” the same congregant [...]

Shabbat Shalom | February 2, 2024

Dear Friends, In this week’s Torah portion Moses and the People of Israel receive the Decalogue, the Ten Commandments. The text tells us: שמות כ:יד וְכָל הָעָם רֹאִים אֶת הַקּוֹלֹת וְאֶת הַלַּפִּידִם וְאֵת קוֹל הַשֹּׁפָר וְאֶת הָהָר עָשֵׁן וַיַּרְא הָעָם וַיָּנֻעוּ וַיַּעַמְדוּ מֵרָחֹק. כ:טו וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֶל מֹשֶׁה דַּבֵּר [...]

Shabbat Shalom | January 26, 2024

Dear Friends, I was recently reminded of one of the first Jewish stories/jokes I learned. It speaks of a man of deep faith who was traveling on an ocean liner that was overwhelmed by a storm and began to founder. The frenzied crew offered the man a life [...]

Shabbat Shalom | January 19, 2024

Dear Friends, When Raina and I got on the plane at the end of July after spending a few weeks in an Airbnb in Tel Aviv, I never expected I would be back just a few months later. But then the October 7th massacre happened, and I knew [...]

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