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Memory and a sweater
Memory is a funny thing. It was just days ago, with thanks to some keen savers, I put your grandchild in a sweater you made. As with every garment of clothing this child wears, it was perfect. The yarn was … Continue reading
Kol Nidre Sermon – The Jewish Future
Here is my Kol Nidre sermon.
Here is the text of my Erev Rosh Hashanah drash, Generous Hearts. Video to hopefully be included later.
On my summer vacation, I slept with shoes by the bed
This was my Shabbat sermon for Parashat Va-etchanan, Shabbat Nachamu, delivered at Temple Beth Shalom, Austin, TX. On my summer vacation, I slept with shoes by the bed. As a former Californian, the land of earthquakes, this is nothing new … Continue reading
This time it is different
Something felt heavy on my heart all day. It took me awhile to realize why. Tonight begins the final day of Passover and tomorrow is the Yizkor service, so tonight in addition to the holiday candles, I will light a … Continue reading
Today was one of “those days.” I got to be a rabbi today. That was wonderful. I prepared some words of Torah, I met with congregants, I worked on the forth coming CCAR convention, and I evaluated some student work … Continue reading
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’Olam matir asurim – Blessed are You, Adonai our God infinite Sovereign who frees captives. Every morning we recite this blessing and since Saturday night when our siblings in Colleyville fought for their escape from … Continue reading
Tonight, again, I light the yartzeit candle. For 11 years, on the 5th of Kislev, I remember you. The cruel twist is that I don’t need to light a candle to remember you. You’re in every dish I cook, every … Continue reading
The Longing for Normal: Coping with Ambiguous Loss
We keep saying it over and over again. “I can’t wait for things to get back to normal.” We have such high hopes for normal. We will take that trip to Europe we planned, or have our grandchildren sleep over. … Continue reading
Make the new holy
My sermon tonight is in the form of a letter to a guiding light of the Jewish people. 1 Tishrei 5782/6 September 2021 Dear Rav Avraham Yisrael haCohen Kook, Shanah tovah, Happy new year. Our High Holy day theme … Continue reading