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Shabbat Shalom | Nov 5, 2021

https://vimeo.com/642770131   Dear Friends, During my 3rd year of Rabbinic School I served as a teaching assistant for a university course on Ethics and the Holocaust. At one point in the year a student raised her hand and asked, “Do you think something like this could happen [...]

Shabbat Shalom | Oct 29, 2021

Dear Friends, The Torah Portion this week is entitled, “Chayye Sarah- the Life of Sarah.” Strikingly, the portion opens with a report of Sarah’s death stating, Sarah’s lifetime—the span of Sarah’s life—came to one hundred and twenty-seven years. The narrative immediately turns to Abraham and his reaction to [...]

Shabbat Shalom | Oct 22, 2021

“When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.” ― Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Dear Friends, This Shabbat Message isn’t rooted in sacred text… but it is about an act of holiness. It isn’t about addressing serious social ills… [...]

Shabbat Shalom | Oct 15, 2021

Dear Friends, Earlier this week, my colleagues and I shared some thoughts on the recent accusations that a teacher at Seth Boyden School in Maplewood had forcibly removed a 2nd-grade student’s hijab. In that email, we expressed our concern for all involved, as well as our commitment to [...]

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