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When the Devil Comes for You: Parashat Tazria 5782

Sometimes, live television affords us moments that could never have been predicted in advance and yet, as you watch them happen, you know you are witnessing something that everyone is going to be talking about for years to come.  Last … 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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The Power of Love – Rosh Ha-Shanah 2012

As most of you know, last month, Adira and I welcomed our first child into the world. In place of a sermon this morning, I wanted to invite you to listen in on a letter I wrote to my daughter. … 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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Born Again Judaism – Parashat Tzav/Shabbat Hagadol 2012

This Shabbat, the Shabbat before the onset of Passover, is commonly referred to as “Shabbat Ha-Gadol.” Shabbat Ha-Gadol means “The Great or Big Sabbath,” and it is given this name because on this Shabbat we announce the impending arrival of … Continue reading

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Where Do You Belong? – Parashat Ki Va-Yak’hel/P’kudei 2012

One of the questions I always ask my conversion students is “If your future great-grandchild was here today and asked you why you chose to become Jewish, what would you say?”  I asked this to one of my students, Johnathan, … Continue reading

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My Song and My Strength – Parashat Beshallah 2012

The splitting of the Sea of Reeds is, perhaps, the most exhilarating scene in the Torah: The Israelites, escaping Pharaoh’s cruel slavery, hastily flee from Egypt and camp at the banks of the Sea.  Meanwhile, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened one … Continue reading

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