Rosh Hashanah sermon

A New Look At Old Commandments I remember the discomfort I first felt, when I was told there was a stained glass window of Moses holding the Ten Commandments in our building.  These days it is somewhat out of the way, hidden from direct view, but long-time IHC’ers...

Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon

A Most Difficult Year There are two great bodies of water in the holy land of Israel.  They could not appear to be more different, and yet they are both nourished by the very same Jordan river.  When visiting the North of Israel, no trip is complete without visiting...

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...