Installment Address

During my tenure as a rabbi, I have faced some difficult tasks. I have provided care to families who have lost children; I have argued the Middle East crisis with a Palestinian and an Iranian; I even officiated my own father’s wedding. But these tasks seem almost minor when compared to the task of following…

“Let Go of the Branch”

Nineteenth century American politician and educational reformer, Horace Mann, once said, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”  Since first hearing these words, I have strived to live by them, not only as part of my rabbinate, but within all facets of my life. Mann’s words are a battle cry…

Rabbi’s Corner – Monthly Newsletter – January 2016

Judaism is not based upon the Torah, rather it is based upon the interpretation of the Torah by the rabbis. – Dr. Michael J. Cook From December 18 to December 20, Dr. Michael J. Cook served as our Scholar-in-Residence. During his time here, he led a number of teaching sessions for both our congregants and…

“What’s Your Mitzvah?”

Shabbat Shalom and Happy 2016. It’s wonderful to see so many of you here tonight, beginning the new year with the calm, joy, and peace that hopefully accompanies your Shabbat experience. I won’t ask how many of you are here because one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to attend Friday night services more often….