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A Modern Day Hillel (Vayakhel/Pekude – 03/13/21)

Posted on March 17, 2021

A Modern Day Hillel The great sage, Hillel (first century BCE), adjured to us seek out peace. He used to say: “Love peace, pursue peace, love humankind, and draw them Continue Reading »

What do Dolly Parton and Moses have in Common? (Ki Tisa – 03/06/21)

Posted on March 9, 2021

What do Dolly Parton and Moses have in Common? In January, Tennessee Representative, John Mark Windle, introduced a bill making a case for a statue recognizing Dolly Parton “for all Continue Reading »

And Mordechai Would Not Bow (Tetzaveh – 02/27/21)

Posted on March 2, 2021

And Mordechai Would Not Bow Mordechai is undoubtedly one of the heroes of Purim, but in truth, he was also the instigator of our problems. Why couldn’t he just concede Continue Reading »

Recognizing our Teacher’s Teacher (Yitro – 02/06/21)

Posted on February 9, 2021

Recognizing our Teacher’s Teacher There are 54 Parshiyot, Torah readings, in a year. Of all of them, it could be that this week’s parsha, Yitro, is the most significant one. Continue Reading »

Friendship (Bo – 01/23/21)

Posted on January 25, 2021

Friendship A new guy to the synagogue is sitting next to an old-timer and he’s asking him questions as to why the rabbi is doing certain things. New member: Why Continue Reading »

Gratitude (Va’era – 01/16/21)

Posted on January 19, 2021

Gratitude Tensions have been running high lately between the factions in our synagogue. Respect and consideration sometimes get lost in the heat of the debates. I think there’s a timely Continue Reading »

Truth and Justice (Shemot – 01/09/21)

Posted on January 11, 2021

Truth and Justice I remember fondly (not too long ago) the days of my innocence when I didn’t know what the Alt-right, the Proud Boys, or QAnon were. Now I’m Continue Reading »

The Personal Miracle (Miketz – 12/19/20)

Posted on December 22, 2020

The Personal Miracle One of the things that I love about Judaism is the notion of a personal God. Amidst all the billions of people and creatures on planet Earth, Continue Reading »

Out of the Mouths of Babes – Shabbat Hanukkah (Vayeshev – 12/12/20)

Posted on December 15, 2020

Out of the Mouths of Babes How do you respond when you’re amazed, silenced by the response of one of your students? This kind of lighting struck twice this week. Continue Reading »

The Tale of Kosher Filet Mignon (Vayishlach – 12/05/20)

Posted on December 7, 2020

The Tale of Kosher Filet Mignon Do you wonder why most kosher beef is chuck meat, that much of it needs to be corned (soaked in brine) to make it Continue Reading »

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