Time to Prepare – Kol Nidrei 5780/2019

Tonight is Kol Nidrei, the most meditative and moving moment of the Jewish liturgical year. This day marks the culmination of the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance. Through the prayerbook, our Machzor, we have been bombarded with petitions and pleas...

Embrace Complexity

Once the congregation found itself in the middle of a fierce debate. Do we stand or sit for the Shema. Half the group was convinced that we should stay seated for the Shema, half convinced we stood for the Shema. Not to get into too many technicalities on Rosh...

Anti-Semitism is Real

I remember visiting Prague years ago with several friends. Tami and I decided it would be meaningful to spend Shabbat there with the local community, rather than visit only the Jewish cemeteries and monuments to those lost to the Holocaust, including the famous attic...

We Can’t Turn Our Backs on Tornillo

I have taken many bus rides through the desert. The rabbis who gathered in a Texas desert yesterday, many after a pilgrimage from the farthest reaches of our country – from East Coast and West, from Chicago and Michigan, Indiana and all points in between joked with...