“Why does the soul sing not what the sea sings and why does the thinking reed grumble? Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev The great and triumphant moment that the Israelites crossed the Red Sea is inextricable from the verses of praise that they sung together. “Az yashir Moshe” “And so Moses sung” introduces that section of the…

This year we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an incredible get-together with our neighbors from St. James United Methodist Church. We also invited Dr. Tarece Johnson to talk about the legacy of Dr. King, from her experience as a black woman and contemporary activist. Her words of Torah shook the…

You may have heard that a solar eclipse will be at least in part visible on Monday afternoon across most of the continental United States. While total eclipses happen relatively often, the particular path across the country and the accessibility of so many places to watch has made this eclipse an even more anticipated moment….

“Amazing Grace” is being sung at the memorial service for the woman murdered in Charlottesville by a man cleaving to Nazi ideology and white supremacist organizations. Like the killer who gunned down nine parishioners of Mother Emanuel church in Charleston, the man who ran down Heather Heyer by slamming his car into a crowd of…

Pope Francis made news last week when it was reported that he called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an “angel of peace.”  After some back and forth, including claims that the Pope had been mistranslated, the Vatican clarified that the Pope meant no offense to Israel and that the phrase he had used was more…

I   I am the Lord your G-d, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;  Do not have any other gods before me. The First Commandment introduces the presenter and sets the stage for the drama to come…. II      You shall not make for yourself an idol,…

Seventy years ago, the Soviet Red Army reached the Polish town  of Oswiecim and broke through the gates of the camp that would become synonymous with the most heinous crimes of the Nazi genocide. Every year, on January 27th, the day that Auschwitz was liberated and the magnitude of its evil was revealed, the international…

It is a very serious time in France, especially for the Jewish community.  And yet, at the center of the storm is a very unserious entity, the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo who may have become best known for caricatures of Muhammed (venerated as a prophet by many throughout the world), but had made their living…

Yes, it seems like a strange topic for a rabbi.  The ultimate violation of  “Stay in Your Lane”. But this year as the eighth candle of Chanukah burns down and the calendar moves to the 25th of December, I find myself thinking of Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. I have to admit that until…

Some questions seem obvious, but there is still something too them. Case in point: what is the most important thing we do on Chanukah? Obvious, right? Yes, we may think first about what to give as a gift and we may use the occasion to eat delicious foods like latkes and donuts. There is great…

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