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Everyone Has a Right to Sanctuary – Parashat Matot-Mas’ei 2019

Parashat Mas’ei, the last portion of Ba-Midbar, is both backward and forward looking in nature: It is backward looking, because it begins with a recapitulation of all the places the Israelites sojourned in the wilderness; and it is forward looking … Continue reading

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Think Different: A Sermon on the Tower of Babel

Toward the end of Parashat Noah we encounter an intriguing but perplexing story: After the flood, Noah’s descendants multiplied and began to settle in the land of Shinar, otherwise known as Babylon. There, they decide to build a great city … Continue reading

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A Purpose-Driven Conservative Movement

A few days ago, I returned from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ)’s centennial celebration, entitled the “Conversation of the Century.” I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the USCJ leadership and for the convention’s organizers, … Continue reading

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Camp Where the Clouds Are

In last week’s parashah, B’ha’alotkha, we learned that when our ancestors were travelling through the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, they knew where to make camp only when they saw God’s cloud. Where the cloud was, they … Continue reading

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Doubt and Certainty – Parashat Naso 2012

The Torah teaches that our great, great, great grandfather, Levi, had three sons.  Their names were Gershon, Kehat, and Merari.  All three sons, along with their children and grandchildren, ended up going into the family business: Being the caretakers of … Continue reading

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The Observant Life: Parashat Emor 2012

As many of you know, over the past week I had the great privilege and joy of attending the annual Rabbinical Assembly convention, which this year was held in Atlanta.  The Rabbinical Assembly, or the “RA” as it is known … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Pilgrimage to Whitwell – Parashat Shemini/Yom Ha-Shoah 2012

This past Sunday and Monday, I accompanied a group of our teens and parents to Whitwell, Tennessee.  It was a pilgrimage, of sorts, to visit the Whitwell Middle School Children’s Holocaust Memorial, the culmination of what has become known worldwide … Continue reading

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