“Let all who are hungry, come and eat.”

  “Let all who are hungry, come and eat.” These are the words we proudly read from our haggadot a week ago at our congregational Pesach Seder.  These words are uttered at the beginning of the Seder, wherein food plays a central role, symbolizing not only the tears and bitterness of slavery, but the joy…

“We are not helpless.”

  Two weeks ago, a day before my son, Asher’s, first birthday, my family and I were sitting in our living room talking about the day while Asher played happily and independently with some toys nearby. If you know Asher, you know that when he plays, he can be quite chatty. Thus, when we suddenly…

“Outsiders”

This week I officiated a number of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and I watched the families struggle through this week’s parsha, Tazria.  It’s a toughie.  One family decided to read the Torah portions in English, and so the grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, read aloud the following: When an inflammation appears on the skin of…

“Good Intentions”

The initial verses of this evening’s Parsha, Shemini, begin with some rather troubling events.  Two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, get in line to offer a burnt offering to God.  Each one of them takes their firepan, puts their fire in it, and places incense upon it.  And then they bring what the Torah…

Rabbi’s Corner – Monthly Newsletter – April 2016

  It is amazing how time flies.  Here we are, in April, where we will soon enter the Hebrew month of Nisan, when we begin preparations for the celebration of our Pesach holiday.  Jews around the world will begin emptying their pantries and refrigerators and cleansing their homes of chameitz, leavened bread from the five…