“Let’s See What You Can Do”

  Yesterday was a great morning.  At 9am, I drove over to our favorite coffee shop, Barefoot Buddha, to sit and meet with Abubaker Muhammed, the brand new Imam at the local St. Thomas Mosque.  Abubaker, just 25 years old, has spent years studying and preparing for this post. Additionally, he traveled across the United…

“Accountability in Error”

This week’s parsha is Balak.  What a parsha!  There’s just so much to speak about.  We are in Bamidbar, or Numbers, which as I’ve taught before is a repository for near eastern legends that have been used as “filler” for the Israelite’s journey.  In other words, the biblical writers needed something between the Exodus and…

“The Bandwagon Effect”

  Last week, the Israelites had sent twelve scouts into the Holy Land to evaluate it and make plans for conquering it.  As you might recall, Caleb came back and said that conquering might be difficult since there were people there, but that the Israelites would be victorious nonetheless.  Out of fear, however, the other…

Rabbi’s Corner – Monthly Newsletter – July 2016

At 2:00 AM Sunday morning, June 12, Omar Mateen, an American citizen, walked into Pulse, a popular gay night club in Orlando, Florida.  With his legally acquired assault rifle and a pistol, Omar opened fire on the night club crowd.  Omar called 911 pledging allegiance to ISIS as he shot and killed 49 people, and…

“Tilling Our Own Gardens”

This past week, I was on vacation with my family in St. Louis, Missouri.  My siblings and their children had also flown into St. Louis as well so that we all could celebrate our father’s 75th birthday.  During the days we were all together, we took our children to child-friendly spots in St. Louis, including…