From the Rabbi’s Desk

  • A Great Miracle Happened There December 15, 2017
    Tuesday evening a goodly number of Congregation Beth Shalom members braved the wind and the cold as we joined with the staff of Federation to light the Community Menorah at ...
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  • Your Money or Your Life December 8, 2017
    Benjamin Kubelsky is walking down the street when a villain carrying a gun jumps in front of Benjamin and demands, “Your money or your life!”  There is a long pause ...
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  • Excuses for Sodom November 10, 2017
    The city of Sodom is presented as the foremost example of evil in the world. Sodom is totally engulfed in evil. Not even Abraham’s plea for just ten righteous people ...
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  • Back By Popular Demand October 13, 2017
    At the end of Morning Service on Yom Kippur a number of people asked either for a copy of my sermon or else a list of the 8 changes I ...
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  • Charlottesville August 25, 2017
    Congregation Beth Shalom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, an organization that represents more than 800 Reform Congregations. Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the President of the URJ, ...
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  • Who Is The Donkey And Who Is The Prophet? Warning! Warning! Will Robinson! July 14, 2017
    Remember this phrase from television many, many years ago? The robot warns Will Robinson that there is danger ahead of them. I offer this same warning today. It is appropriate to ...
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  • An Open Letter to Lizzie Rider June 23, 2017
    Dear Lizzie – In more than 30 years of serving congregations, I have never missed a wedding or a Bar or Bat Mitzvah until I missed yours. Words cannot express how ...
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  • Playing in the Sandbox May 26, 2017
    This last week, Karen Friedman, President of Congregation Beth Shalom, and I attended a meeting put together by the Jewish Community Relations Council. This meeting focused on a program run ...
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  • Derech Eretz: The Most Important Lesson Teachers Teach Our Children May 12, 2017
    Jewish tradition teaches us about the notion of Derech Eretz, which is usually translated as “the way of the world”.  However, much more than that, Derech Eretz is the code ...
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  • All About Yizkors and Yes, I Mean Yizkors – Plural May 5, 2017
    Any Yom Kippur in Spokane, Washington, 50 years ago would have found the shul bursting at the seams for Kol Nidre, of course, and for Yizkor.  As Yizkor was about ...
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  • A Yom Hashoah Flashback April 29, 2017
    This last Monday, April 24, 2017, the Indianapolis Jewish Community commemorated Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event was hosted by the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, and their Rabbi, Brett Krichiver, ...
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  • Countdown To Torah April 14, 2017
    For many Reform Jews, Passover is the High Holy Days of the spring. Like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the family gathers together more than any other holiday, and while ...
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  • Triangle – Not The First, Not The Last March 24, 2017
    This coming Friday, March 24th, Congregation Beth Shalom will commemorate the 106th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire which killed 146 mostly Jewish and Italian garment workers in 1911. The ...
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  • Last Thoughts About Purim: The Worst Motivational Talk Ever March 17, 2017
    For a holiday that seems to be directed so very much towards our children, and so very little towards adults, Purim sure does raise a lot of troubling issues. Esther is ...
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  • The Fast Of Gedalia The End Of Golf Season February 24, 2017
    In high school I was a geek. My fellow geeks and I built a radio tower out of empty beer cans-–Bob’s father was an alcoholic. We also re-labeled all the ...
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