“The Lies We Tell Ourselves”

This week, our Torah portion is a famous one. Sh’lach L’cha features God commanding Moses to send out scouts, one from each of the tribes, to the land of Canaan in order to see what awaits them in the holy land.  Moses tells the scouts: See what kind of country it is.  Are the people…

“Never Again is Now” – Weekly Newsletter – 6/27/19

This Sunday, at 4pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, I will be participating in the “Never Again is Now” Rally.  The steering committee of the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette put this rally together in response to the horrendous situation happening at our borders.   Today, thousands of immigrants who have escaped extreme poverty, danger,…

“Pride Shabbat” – Weekly Newsletter – 6/20/19

As you’ve seen from our flyers via email and social media, Pride month is upon us, and once again, our Shabbat service will feature both of our standard liturgy and music, which so many find comforting and inspiring, and will focus on a significant segment of our Jewish population throughout the world, the LGBTQ community.  Our “LGBTQ…

“Righteous Among the Nations”

This morning I’d like to start with a story.  In between 1942 and 1943, a teacher named Johan van Hulst broke a law enacted by Nazi occupation. In the face of severe consequences dictated by the law, including prison or death, van Hulst smuggled and saved 600 Jewish children by removing them from harm’s way….

“Animal Abuse” – Weekly Newsletter – 6/13/19

I, like many of you, was distressed to see the recent claims of animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farm in our local newspaper.  If you haven’t heard, last week, a video by an organization called Animal Recovery Mission was made public. The video exposed horrendous animal abuse.  While skeptics attempted to propose the footage as…

“Let All Be Counted”

This week we enter the book of BaMidbar, the book of Numbers.  This repository of story features the adventures the Israelites encounter on their journey through the wilderness.  And what is the first thing this book tells us?  God commands Moses to do a census, to count the heads of the community by their clans,…

“Shavuot” – Weekly Newsletter – 6/6/19

This upcoming weekend is truly exciting for Temple Israel.  On Saturday, June 8, starting at 7pm, we will be hosting our Shavuot Program, an evening of learning.  The program will feature three teaching sessions, each led by Dr. Larry Mykytiuk, Dr. Rev. Bradley Pace, and myself. Within each hour-long session, we will have an opportunity…

“Heartbeat Bills” – Monthly Newsletter – June/July 2019

I’m certain that many, if not all, of you have seen the news about the unprecedentedly strict abortion bills being signed into law in states like Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi this year, and which seek to restrict abortions to as early as six weeks.  These “heartbeat bills,” which are a strategic, unified challenge…