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Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:39pm -- Clergy

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, I will be giving the first of this year’s Masterpiece Classes in Jewish Literature. Our master extraordinaire will be Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972), a modern sage, prophet and scholar.

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Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:36pm -- Clergy

May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for Good! Every year we return to this, the “Book of Life”…returning to the story we wrote in the previous year and rewriting the story to fill it with more acts of loving kindness to ourselves, to others, and to our world.

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Wed, 10/02/2019 - 9:38am -- Clergy

The Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is called “the Sabbath of Return” (Shabbat Shuvah) or “Repentance.” Technically, its name is derived from the Haftarah for this Shabbat, Hosea 14:2-10, which begins with the plea, “Return, O Israel, to the Eternal

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Thu, 09/26/2019 - 11:50am -- Clergy

This week our Torah portion, Nitzavim, contains the root for repentance 7 times in the passage from Chapter 30. A clear signal that repentance day is coming. This parsha, is in fact, read on the morning of Yom Kippur.

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Wed, 09/18/2019 - 4:04pm -- Clergy

         Just in case you do not know it, the Yiddish word “Tsoris” means problems as in “I have Tsoris.” Tsoris is not just another word for a problem, it is the kind of problem that keeps you up at night, gives you chest pains during the day, and even a little

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Fri, 09/13/2019 - 11:55am -- Clergy

About 25 years ago, I invited a scholar of Ancient Egyptian history to speak to my congregation in Binghamton about Passover from his perspective as a historian.

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Wed, 09/04/2019 - 3:10pm -- Clergy

When Dorothy clicks the heels together of her ruby red slippers, she closes her eyes and says: “There’s no place like home…” Longing for home, returning to home, and feeling a sense of home in our hearts is at the center

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Wed, 08/28/2019 - 4:35pm -- Clergy

This week’s Torah portion Re’eh includes a potpourri of themes including poverty, the festivals and the dietary laws.

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Thu, 08/22/2019 - 9:43am -- Clergy

The past week has been a confusing one at best for the American Jewish community. Who are our allies? What is happening in our homelands? Who speaks for us?

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Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:00am -- Clergy

Last spring I was invited to speak at the national convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis which was held in Cincinnati.

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