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Finding our Connection

I have a new favorite restaurant.  The food is good, but that is not why it is my favorite.  As luck would have it, both times that we have gone to the restaurant, we were the only ones there.  Each time, the owner greeted us at the door and asked each of my children their [...]

2019-09-04T13:12:05-05:00September 4, 2019|From the Rabbi|

Open Wide the Doors

“Make your home a regular meeting place for the scholars . . . open wide the doors of your home and make others welcome members of your home...” (adapted for Pirkei Avot 1:4,5). In a rabbinic utopian world, one’s homes was to be a regular meeting place of Torah study with the doors wide open, [...]

2019-04-21T12:44:44-05:00April 29, 2019|From the Rabbi|

From Start to Finish

We often think that we are midway through the year at this point in time, as we are six months away from the High Holidays. But in truth, in the next two months we will conclude the year and begin anew. In Judaism, we have not one, but four New Years. Passover marks the beginning [...]

2019-03-03T09:01:58-05:00March 1, 2019|From the Rabbi|

An Extra Month!

There are many days –in fact most days—that I wish there were another ten or more hours to the day. Time seems to race by and before I know it, the day is over. The things that I needed to or wanted to get done are put aside for the next day, because there just [...]

2018-12-14T21:38:36-05:00December 27, 2018|From the Rabbi|

One Hundred and One Blessings

The rabbis teach in the Talmud that it is forbidden to a man to enjoy anything of this world without a blessing (Berachot 35a). This idea is a part of our very core of how we exist in the world. We have blessings for the food we enjoy, for the rainbows that fill our sky [...]

2018-10-27T16:21:46-05:00October 27, 2018|From the Rabbi|

Welcome to Amsterdam

Yom Kippur 5779 Dear Mom and Dad, This year marks the fact that I have been living outside of your house for longer than I lived at home. Part of that is miraculous –because in truth –I do not think any of us expected that I was going to last that first night when you [...]

2018-10-07T07:47:55-05:00September 19, 2018|From the Rabbi|

Reaching the Treetops Together

Kol Nidre 5779 G’mar Hatimah Tovah Once the Baal Shem Tov stood in prayer in the midst of his circle of students.  He drew out his prayer extensively, and his students were not able to wait so long.  So they scattered each one to his own way.  When he completed his prayer, he became very [...]

2018-10-07T07:48:02-05:00September 18, 2018|From the Rabbi|

The Camel and The Scorpion

Rosh Hashanah 5779 Day 2 Sermon Shannah Tovah! A scorpion and a camel wanted to cross the Red Sea.  Neither could get across alone.  The camel could swim, but could not see where he was going.   The scorpion could see, but could not swim.  The scorpion suggested that he sit on the camel’s hump and [...]

2018-10-06T18:20:37-05:00September 11, 2018|From the Rabbi|

Bearing Witness

Rosh Hashanah 5779 Day 1 Sermon  Shannah Tovah! Imagine yourself walking down the path of your life.  Many other people are walking on what seems to be the same road.  The more you watch, the more you discover that the road may be the same, but each person walks differently. Some sing and swing their [...]

2018-10-06T18:19:14-05:00September 10, 2018|From the Rabbi|

Coming Home or Coming Together

I recently came across a picture of a synagogue in the midst of its rebuilding project after the destruction from Hurricane Harvey. The caption of the photo noted that the reconstruction and building will be completed by the High Holidays this year, in order to be in the building for the upcoming holidays. As I [...]

2018-10-06T18:35:18-05:00September 1, 2018|From the Rabbi|