“Walk the Line”

  This evening we light six candles, commemorating the sixth day of the ancient festival of lights, the festival of Chanukkah. This week I’ve stood in many rooms discussing the history of this festival, how it commemorates the militaristic uprising against oppressive Hellenistic forces, how 500 years later the rabbis “religified” the festival by adding…

“He Went That-a-way”

This week’s parsha begins the Joseph narrative—the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. It is the bridge, at the end of Genesis, that takes the Israelites into the land of Egypt. The story is necessary because, without it, it would be difficult for the Exodus story to take place at the beginning…

Rabbi’s Corner – Monthly Newsletter – December 2015

  This month, The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas held its first book club meeting.  Congregants sat around my living room, enjoying a little nosh, and together we discussed our thoughts and feelings about the first book we have read as a group, Satan in Goray by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Singer, a Nobel Prize-winning novelist…