“A Text Study in Miketz”

There is so much to discuss in this week’s portion, Miketz, as we follow Joseph in his dreams and adventures.  And many of us know the story of Joseph, his coat of many colors, his interpretation of dreams, his journey to the high ranks of Egypt.  But, I’m thrilled that Karen chose these particular verses…

“Meet in the Middle”

What a powerful Torah portion we read this week. Jacob, exhausted from wrestling a stranger until dawn, faces his brother for the first time in decades. The very brother from whom he stole a father’s blessing. The very brother he tricked into exchanging his birthright for a bowl of soup. Jacob had every reason to…

“The Hanukkiyah” – Weekly Newsletter -12/12/19

With Hanukkah approaching, many of you may be dusting off your hanukkiyot, your Hanukkah Menorahs, in preparation for the kindling of them on the eve of Sunday, the 22nd.  Most of us know the blessings and the rituals,  the lighting of the candles with the shamash, and adding a candle each night. Like so much…

“The Spirit of America”

Well, it’s that time again.  “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Everywhere you go.”  Lights on houses, Christmas trees in the malls and office buildings, and Christmas music on every station.  “Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore, Faithful friends who are dear to us, Gather near to…

“Reproductive Rights” – Weekly Newsletter – 12/5/19

Back in June, I wrote to you all about the “heartbeat bills” coming out of states such as Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi, which seek to restrict abortions to as early as six weeks.  These bills, which are a strategic, unified challenge to Roe v. Wade have, understandably, created uproar for many groups and movements….

“The Holiness of Study” – Monthly Newsletter – December 2019

This past month, I’ve had the pleasure of sitting with our members in our Adult Education learning series, “Finding Holiness in the Twilight Zone.” It has been a very meaningful journey thus far. After watching inspiring and thought-provoking episodes of the classic Twilight Zone, we have gone deep in Jewish theology and philosophy and shared…