“God’s Journey of Parenting”

Shabbat Shalom, It is fitting that the first parsha of our new year, 5780, is Bereshit, the beginning of it all. We think of our high holy days as a time of renewal for us, a time to restart, and begin again. We see the world renewed, we grow, we change. We open the Torah…

“Dina D’malchuta Dina” – Weekly Newsletter – 10/24/19

Years ago, when I was a chaplain at a hospital in Kentucky, I served with a cohort of religious leaders who were all pursuing Clinical Pastoral Education.  I was the only aspiring rabbi, let alone Jew, in a cohort made up of an aspiring Catholic priest, a few secular chaplains pursuing social work, and one…

“Sukkot & Social Justice” – Weekly Newsletter – 10/17/19

As many of you know, I have focused a great deal of my rabbinate on the pursuit of social justice, and tikkun olam (the repairing of the world).  Through the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I spoke about how we should all pay attention, how we must “sh’ma” (listen) to the…

“LGBTQA Rights” – Weekly Newsletter – 10/10/19

It is my sincere hope that everyone had an easy fast and a meaningful end to Yom Kippur.  On Tuesday, October 8, before Kol Nidre began, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for three cases regarding LGBTQA rights in our country.  The Religious Action Center did a great job of summarizing these three cases:  …

“Just Say You’re Sorry”

On this Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are supposed to read the Torah portion Vayeilech, Deuteronomy 31:1-30, the shortest parsha of the year. In it, we read as Moses tells Joshua, his successor, to “Be strong and resolute.”  I for one could have used those words this past…

“Hear O Israel” – Weekly Newsletter – 10/3/19

It is my sincere hope that all of you have been enjoying our sermon theme for the High Holy Days, “Hear O’Israel,” and not just because you get to listen to good music and watch the rabbi dance a bit on the bima.  Rather, I hope it is because together we are learning about what…

“Pay Attention” – Monthly Newsletter – October 2019

L’Shana Tova As we enter the most holy of our days here at Temple Israel, I have been giving great thought to the words we say each Shabbat, the words said twice daily by Jews around the world, the words of the Sh’ma.   They are words that we all know so well, Sh’ma Yisrael,…