Posts Categorized: Rabbi’s Remarks

Flags at Half-mast

In noticing these two flagstaffs – one in Santa Rosa, the other in San Francisco – flying at half-mast today, I realized for the first time just how beautifully symbolic, and touching this is.  In their quiet way of saying “We care, and the entire country cares too!” I was deeply moved. To suffer alone… Read more »

Discovering a blessing in “Adversity”

My Jewish education never included attending a Yeshivah. As a result, I never had the chance to learn how to study Talmud in my younger years. In fact, while my father had introduced me to the tractate “Ta’anit” when I was in my teens, it didn’t include studying Rashi’s commentary. Additionally, the content consisted mainly… Read more »

Dear Beth Ami, Outrage competes with disgust as we read about our country’s current policy to forcibly separate children from their families.. I’m forwarding this message from Danny Grossman, CEO of the San Francisco Community Jewish Federation, to keep you appraised of our own Bay Area Community’s organized response. In addition, you may wish to… Read more »

Sonoma County Pride Parade

Sonoma County Pride Parade, Santa Rosa, CA – June 2, 2018. “The unexamined life isn’t worth living.” So said the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates. Despite its age, the validity of this quote hasn’t tarnished. The question remains, however, “When do we get the chance to ‘examine’ our lives?!” Given all our responsibilities – social, work or family… Read more »

Dancing With Nature

Moving to California felt like moving to a new country. One impression that has struck me deeply is the sense that there is a certain “untamed” quality about living here. Between the majestic beauty of the mountains, the wild and dangerous coastline and the mysterious vastness of the Pacific Ocean, mother nature has a strong… Read more »

After the fires

Dear Friends, At this point, last week seems like a blur. Monday, Tuesday etc. all just merged into “days”. Coming home last Friday and making “kiddush” around the table had a surreal quality to it. “Normalcy” seemed out of place! I continue to be amazed by the efforts of those who combatted these terrible fires… Read more »

From Rabbi Miller

A video message of hope for the new year… I also want to thank Rick Concoff for suggesting that I send out a video message. Shana tovah umtukah!  

…and the floodgates of the sky broke open…” (Gen.7:11)

If you’ve ever visited Houston, TX, you couldn’t help but notice what a great city it is, in size and grandeur. Even its airport displays its importance as a hub for many thousands of travelers who exchange flights there every day. Observing the footage on television of so many magnificent homes with their first floors… Read more »

Critical Difference

בס״ד In creating the universe one of the first acts of the Divine Creator is to make distinctions: light and darkness, day and night, heaven and earth, dry land and seas, plants, birds, fishes and animals after their kinds, Shabbat and the rest of the days of the week. On further reflection, it appears that… Read more »

Compassionate Conversations

In my previous article, I mentioned a concern that I share with many in our community. We are all concerned with our sense of security, both public and personal, but we may disagree fundamentally with how to react to the various factors that we feel contribute to this concern. What is even more disturbing is… Read more »