Though We May Not Agree as to How to Get There, We Should Know Where We Want to Go

This is a distillation of a teaching I shared at our annual congregational meeting last week: As we gather to do the business of the congregation, we can turn to the Torah portion for some reflection. This week’s portion, Shelach, tells that story in which God tells Moses to send spies into the Promised Land …

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Where Do You Charge Your Cell Phone?

Years ago, I remember learning of a movement to create voice mail boxes that could be accessed from pay phones, so that people who are experiencing homelessness will have an “address” that could help with communication, job searches, etc. The lesson of how technology can address this specific social issue made an impression on me. …

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Investing in Oil, Lighting our Future

We are perhaps all familiar with the story of Hanukkah, which begins this coming Tuesday night. In the second century BCE, the Jewish community was under the tyrannical rule of the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV, who imposed a series of harsh anti-Jewish measures on the population. He forbade the practice of Judaism, imposed Hellenizing policies …

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Kol Nidre 5775: “We are Vulnerable”

There is a section of the Yom Kippur liturgy that is so esoteric, so challenging, so removed from our own contemporary day to day life, and so removed from our contemporary conceptions of spirituality, that we do not even do it here at TBH. Yes, I know, you are thinking…the services are so long already, …

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From “Member” to “Chaver”

Some of this post is drawn from my remarks at our annual congregational meeting, as well as a letter sent to our chaverim. What does it mean to be a part of a synagogue community? Being a part of a congregation is a unique form of association. It is being a part of a covenental …

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