Posts By: Rabbi

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 »

Synagogue as Sanctuary

While there may be great disagreement regarding the direction in which our country is heading, I suspect that we would all agree that we live in “interesting times”. By and large, higher numbers of individuals are sensing anxiety; some are palpably fearful. “Fear” is a powerful motivator. However it often blocks out “mindful” behavior. It’s… Read more »

The Sound of Rain

It was fashionable, some generations ago, to teach children proverbs. Through these easily memorized sayings, something would stick in their minds and give them a jump-start on experience. I still remember a number of these sayings that my mother taught me. A couple were in French! “L’appétit vient en mangent.” (The appetite comes when you… Read more »

“Outrageous Deception”

Over the last four years I’ve come to love the fact that I live in the Golden State – especially Sonoma County. Between the Pacific Ocean, the amazing weather, the beautiful landscape and the overall socially progressive attitudes of its citizens it’s no wonder that California is the most populated state in the Union. Of… Read more »

“Love that Food – Feed that Love!”

We all know that eating isn’t just a matter of survival. Sitting down to a delicious meal in the company of family or friends is a fundamental social act. It helps create community. It advances our sense of well-being. It’s a tangible act of hospitality. If you’re the one who’s prepared the meal, you know… Read more »

“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 »