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Getting ready for Sinai

Shabbat Shalom! As Shabbat concludes we have the special opportunity to go from kodesh to kodesh, holy to holy, as Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, commences. Our tradition teaches that on Shavuot our people stood at Mt. Sinai and established … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chol haMoed Passover Sermon

Here is the sermon I delivered at Temple Beth Hillel. Shabbat Shalom, Moadim l’simcha. I hope that this Passover week has been liberating and delicious. While these are my wishes and hopes for all of us this special week, unfortunately, … Continue reading

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We are Religious Jews!

This is the sermon I delivered at Temple Beth Hillel on Yom Kippur morning at both services (click on the world ‘this’ and you should be directed to the text).  

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Prepare #blogelul

My colleague, Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, created #blogElul. Every day she offers a prompt and encourages others to offer something as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the first of Tishrei. This year I’ve decided to try to … Continue reading

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Today is Yom HaShoah, the day that the world remembers the Holocaust. Below is one of the most powerful images I have ever seen because it describes in a single image what was taken away by the destructive powers of … Continue reading

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What did you do for Passover?

It is somewhat difficult to reflect on all that transpired in the last 36 hours. There have been many other times in my life when I felt that my feet were praying, as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel describes, but this … Continue reading

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A sermon to be heard in all the land

On Friday night I was asked to speak about the freedom to marry at Congregation Kol Ami. My sermon can be found here. I hope others will speak on similar themes in the coming weeks as our nation prepares for … Continue reading

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CF4E Passover Reading

I am thrilled to share California Faith for Equality’s CF4E Passover Reading with you. Please share it with your family and friends AND remember to include it in your seder! Passover Seder Reading Tonight we read, “in every generation each individual … Continue reading

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Apricot, prune, cherry, poppy or apple?

I’m speaking of hamantashen, the official baked good of Purim. I am a lifelong fan of apricot hamantashen. I enjoy the other fruit flavors listed above, but I will always pick apricot. This, however, proved to be a challenge in … Continue reading

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