“Apprenticeship”

  Recently, while walking the wide halls of Home Depot, I found myself admiring some of the higher end cabinets they had available. My son, perched on my shoulders, was having a good time opening and closing the cabinet doors and so I paused a moment, to let him have his fun. As he found…

“When Does the Rabbi Come in?”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the rabbinate has much in common with the medical field. Our similarities begin starting with how long we study, and continue to the time and effort and financial burdens spent in preparing for our craft.  And finally, both we and doctors enter the world ready to…

“Indifference”

  Earlier this week, I came home to my family, sat down at the kitchen table, and my wife, after handing me my son, told me she had some news about a friend. This friend recently shared an experience she had that had really shaken Barrie. While our friend’s husband was away at his pulpit,…

“International Women’s Day”

  This week, we read from Parshat Pikudei, our last parsha in the book of Exodus. We find ourselves with the Israelites, who are still in the wilderness licking their wounds from the golden calf incident at Sinai, and who have just finished the grand task of building the Tabernacle, the mobile sanctuary for God….

Rabbi’s Corner – Monthly Newsletter – March 2016

  I once heard that Shabbat services are the heart of a congregation. It’s a sentiment I agree with. When we come together as one to worship and pray the way Jews have for centuries, we most certainly give our congregation life. But if Shabbat is the heart of a congregation, wherein lies its soul?…