“The Sacred and the Profane”

Well this has been quite a week, not only for our country, but for my family as well.  Our daughter, Noa Wren Harvey, was born on March 25th, and both she and Barrie are doing well.  We look forward to seeing everyone at our B’rit Bat, our naming ceremony on Saturday, April 6th, at 12:00pm. …

“The Ger Tzedek”

In our parsha this morning, from Behar-Bechukotai, we heard from the Torah the words “If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments, I will grant you rains in their season, so that the earth shall yield its produce and the trees of the field their fruit.” Now, we have long done away with…

“Interfaith Dialogue” – Sermon at Vesper Service for Westminster

It seems that wherever we look in this country, people are drawing lines in the sand around themselves and around others.  Too many in society seem bent on dividing themselves into groups, polarized opposites, speaking only in absolutes, “you’re either with us or you’re against us.”  The media is of no help, reporting only the…

“Amen and Amen”

  Ki Tavo is this week’s parsha, and around the promises of blessings in the Holy Land, and the instructions for bikkurim—the first fruits—is a set of curses—yes, curses—from our friendly neighborhood Levites.  Deuteronomy 27:14 reads: The Levites shall then proclaim in a loud voice to all the people of Israel:  Cursed be anyone who…