From the Rabbi’s Desk

  • Glen Downie – Creatures – And Maybe Even My Mother May 8, 2015
    Recently, I found tucked in an old book a poem by Glen Downie – The creatures by glen downie.  This poem reminded me of a famous line from Hillel. If I ...
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  • Headlines and Life April 10, 2015
    I learned yesterday of the passing of a co-warrior in the battle to turn the world that is into the world that can be. Nancy was only 57 – compared ...
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  • From Your Family to Our Family March 27, 2015
    A couple of weeks ago — probably longer when you read this – I was reminded of a major surprise I had a good ten years ago.  Okay, it was ...
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  • The Right to Serve, The Obligation to Serve March 13, 2015
    Last week I received in the mail something I have never received before.  Most of my friends had received it, some many times.  But not me – until now. I have ...
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  • We Are All in This Together February 27, 2015
    Last year about this time I wrote about Purim and Shabbat Zachor. The lesson of this Shabbat is perhaps one of the most powerful lessons of our entire history — ...
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  • The Times They Are A-Changing February 13, 2015
    Coming up in the summer is a challenging and troubling Torah portion — Parshat Korach. We read from the Torah about Korach’s rebellion against Moses and Aaron and his subsequent ...
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  • Killing Us With Kindness January 9, 2015
    I recently read an interesting article by Shalom Auslander. While focusing mostly on his mother, his piece also touched on one of the most serious challenges facing American Judaism. Thank you, ...
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  • The Parable of the Tribes December 26, 2014
    Not so long ago I had the opportunity to sit in on a discussion of Andrew Schmookler’s work focusing on his Parable of the Tribes.  This parable provides another way ...
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  • Three Fewer Chairs at the Table November 28, 2014
    Thanksgiving Day is based on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.  While in many ways these two celebrations are very different, both of these holidays encourage the inviting of guests. Judaism’s tradition ...
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  • Rule #9 – No Coincidences November 14, 2014
    Those of you who were at High Holy Days Services were introduced to “Halpern’s Rules”.  These rules were developed over years of study of Torah, surrounding literatures and the culture ...
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  • Trick or Treat October 31, 2014
    Picture this – Spokane, Washington, October 31, 1952.  A Cowboy and a Ghost ring the doorbell of an elderly couple’s apartment. “Whose little boys are you?” the woman asks. Replies ...
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  • Cain and a Road to Repentance September 12, 2014
    The story of Cain and Abel, the first two children of Adam and Eve, is loaded with strange images and statements, not the least of which is in Genesis 4:7 ...
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  • You Have Been Told, Moses – You Have Been Told, Micah August 22, 2014
    Sometimes we read very similar things in two places in Scripture, and it is easy to assume that the two have exactly the same meaning – but we all know ...
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  • Using the Same Joke for the Same Reason August 8, 2014
    I am always amazed when I read of someone else who uses one of the very same jokes I use. I am amazed, because they must be incredibly old. I ...
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  • Ro…Mo…and Balaam July 25, 2014
    As we witness the heartbreaking escalation in violence throughout the world, Gaza, Syria and the Levant, the Ukraine– just about anywhere and everywhere– we realize how the worship of might ...
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