Time to be Aaron

Tension is certainly palpable in the air of our nation. We are still collectively shell shocked due to the insurrection that took place at the Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6th. Our democracy, and the values that we as Americans hold so dear, were under siege in front of our very eyes. I haveContinue reading “Time to be Aaron”

Teshuvah and Tears: Cry Like Joseph

As we approach the end of the book of Genesis or Bereishit, we become entrenched in the story of Joseph. We learn of his seventeen-year-old arrogance, his interpretation of dreams (and his socially tone deaf manner of conveying them), his father Jacob’s favoritism, his brothers’ betrayal, and his eventual enslavement and rise to power inContinue reading “Teshuvah and Tears: Cry Like Joseph”

Could You Divide A Frozen Sea?

Snow falls in the Diaspora.Is each flake truly unique?The shattered shards of creation settle together.The droplets become the sea.The sparks return to One. This snow laden Diaspora.The view is magic– but are we too disparate?Does He watch the 613 from the 518, or the frenzied 212?Akiva dances into mind, but he is distant.“Sh’ma Yisrael…” asContinue reading “Could You Divide A Frozen Sea?”

Holidays, Holiness, and Patience: Lessons From Jacob

Many will meet over the coming weekend and subsequent weeks for Thanksgiving and the various winter holidays in America. This year, in its all too familiar and unprecedented fashion, has come complete with a caveat. We are being advised to hunker down; avoid large gatherings, and celebrate only with immediate family members whom we areContinue reading “Holidays, Holiness, and Patience: Lessons From Jacob”

Too Many Funerals

It has been a bit difficult to write lately. Perhaps it has simply been cumbersome to attempt to focus on anything at all. While my last tidbit was delivered primarily in reference to the highly contentious presidential election, there was an apolitical monster running rampant through the world; caring not for democrats or republicans, butContinue reading “Too Many Funerals”

Our Nation’s Soul

Well, here we are. Many of us have spent close to the past week in a state of acute exhaustion. We have been refreshing the pages of our chosen news websites and television stations, wondering where “the count” currently stood. Whatever your particular political leanings happen to be, I do not think that there canContinue reading “Our Nation’s Soul”

These Three Things

There are often times when I am reading or studying a Jewish text, and I want to share it all with you. Obviously, that is not realistic, as Judah HaNasi already redacted the Mishnah, so there is no need for me to jot that down again. Also, I don’t think you would stick around toContinue reading “These Three Things”

Morning Anxiety? A Jewish Suggestion

We are living during a time when a vast majority of people are experiencing extremely high levels of anxiety. We worry about COVID-19, we worry about the results and aftermath of the elections, we worry about the safety of our children and the state of schools. The list could go on ad nauseam. There isContinue reading “Morning Anxiety? A Jewish Suggestion”

A Coat or a Fire?

Next week’s parshah brings us to the very familiar story of Noach, or Noah, and his building of the famous ark. While many of us remember the Noah of our youth as someone to be admired, for he was literally the most righteous person on Earth, I would like us to take a closer lookContinue reading “A Coat or a Fire?”

President’s Message

**Below, I share my President’s Message that was given to my congregation on Erev Rosh Hashanah. It is short, and I believe the message to be true for all of our Jewish communities, as we are one family, or mishpachah. I wrote it down, so I wanted to share it here for those who couldContinue reading “President’s Message”