Posts Categorized: Rabbi’s Remarks

Is There a Pray-er in the House?

My dad, Rabbi Meyer Miller, was ordained at the Jewish Institute of Religion (the Reform Rabbinical School in New York City). I grew up a P-K (preacher’s kid). At that point in social history, attending services wasn’t a choice. I remember chomping at the bit for services to come to an end. I would sit… Read more »

The beauty of Daily Minyans

I actually started davening (attending minyan services) regularly at my first pulpit, Temple of Aaron, St. Paul MN, back in the mid seventies. I found that getting together with fellow daveners bracketed my day in a unique way. The ideas expressed through the prayers covered the spectrum of emotions from “thanks” to “hope” to “seeking”… Read more »

A Speech by the Israeli Vice Ambassador to Norway

I would love to have everybody read the September 27, 2014 speechgiven in Oslo by the Israeli Vice Ambassador to Norway, George Deek. It so totally makes the point of my Kol Nidre sermon. Please see the current Shofar to read this long but very worthwhile speech. Thanks to our recent guest speaker at Beth… Read more »

New Year, New Hope

New Year, New Hope: These days you have to have a strong heart to listen to the news! ISIS, Gaza, Russia, Ukraine, Ebola, the Border Immigration Crisis and the drought to name just some. Sometimes one wonders if the world is coming apart at the seams. The level of inhumanity in some areas borders the… Read more »

Rabbi’s Remarks: “Past Imperfect, Future Tense”

My late father, Rabbi Meyer Miller, found this “grammatical” headline intriguing. I actually think he may have used it as a title for a Rosh Hashanah sermon or two! Even thirty years ago it captured the world political situation. For whatever reason, we human beings appear incapable of learning the lessons of history. Or perhaps… Read more »

Rabbi’s Remarks: A Different Pesach!

I must admit I wasn’t looking forward to it. No! I’m not referring to Pesach, as the title might imply; it was the thought of returning to St. Louis so that we could empty out the contents of our home and ready it for its new owners. Over twenty years of accumulation required purging. Decisions… Read more »

Rabbi’s Remarks: Modern Priesthood?

After stating the words of the priestly benediction (“May the Lord bless you and guard you…”) to Aaron and his sons, the Torah goes on to state, “Thus they shall link my name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:27). The obvious question is: to whom is the “them” referring?… Read more »