Posts Categorized: Rabbi’s Remarks

“Fearing God”

Unless you’re hooked on horror movies, you wouldn’t intentionally choose to experience fear. Yet this week’s Torah portion states explicitly, “Now Israel, what does Ad-nai your God request of you? Simply to ‘fear’ Ad-nai your God…” (Deut.10:12) Ironic that the one emotion people might arguably shun the most is the one thing God requests of us!… Read more »

What’s happening to our world?

Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel says, “The world rests on three things: on Justice and on Truth and Peace. As it says ‘Judge in your gates with Truth, Justice and Peace.’” (Zecharaiah 8:16) As summer rolls by it appears that we are living in a world where these foundations are crumbling. In their place we see… Read more »

From Humiliation to Praise

Look back on your life and you become aware of a collection of memories: some good…some not so good; each an opportunity to deepen your awareness, sometimes to learn a life lesson, sometimes to raise a small chuckle or a tear. As we look back, we can become aware of the thoughts and the feelings… Read more »

Change and Providence

“The sun rises and the sun sets…” (Ecclesiastes 1:5) “R. Berechyah said in the name of R. Abba bar Kahana, ‘Really! Don’t we know that the sun rises and the sun sets?! “But the sense of this verse is: Before the sun of a certain righteous person sets, the sun of another righteous person rises…Before the… Read more »

All in the Family

We live in a world that is riddled with violence. Not a week goes by without some headline screaming out about innocent people, simply going about their business—at school or a café or a shopping mall—being gunned down by an emotionally disturbed individual or by a deliberate attack orchestrated by political/religious fanatics. In addressing the… Read more »

Sanctuary

The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are well known. While the Bible narrates the contemptible way in which the citizens of those towns treated Lot and his angelic guests, our Midrashic literature pursues the question still further. Just how wicked could the inhabitants be to warrant Divine destruction of these cities? Many examples are given…. Read more »

End of the Summer, Beginning of the Year

Summer is on the wane; the daylight hours imperceptibly shorter one by one as the month ticks by, and Earth speeds on in its orbit. Around the meeting point of summer and fall lie our great holidays: Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Sh’mini Atzeret. Metaphorically, spring symbolizes birth, summer—growth and productivity, fall—the onset of… Read more »

How Sweet the Sound

August 11th, 2014, a series of events in Ferguson, Missouri sent shock waves across our nation. A festering wound deeply felt by our African American citizens could no longer be ignored. Despite calls for a peaceful reaction, emotions veered out of control. In the months that followed we witnessed on our screens, and read in… Read more »

Three Years Ago…

Just a litte more than three years ago I fell in love with a congregation. There was something genuine about the people I met; a lack of pretension; a sincere desire to move forward into the uncharted waters of the future. Above all, I felt a sense of community; one made up of many diverse,… Read more »

Ask the Rabbi: Kosher Curiosities

Use the comment section to ask your questions on keeping Kosher, and we’ll answer them… Dear Rabbi; We are learning about keeping kosher. It’s nice when we have a Hekhsher (kosher symbol) telling us that the processed item is kosher. What do we do when there is no Hekhsher on the item? Is there a… Read more »