Shabbat Shalom From Rabbi Klayman    September 14, 2017

Shabbat Shalom From Rabbi Klayman September 14, 2017

I make this covenant…not with you alone, but both with those who are standing here with us this day before Adonay our God and with those who are not with us here this day. Deuteronomy 29:13-14 As a boy I rarely missed school due to illness. There was however, one positive thing in those days

Ki Tavo and the Limits of Human Control

Ki Tavo and the Limits of Human Control

Shabbat Shalom From Rabbi Klayman September 7, 2017 16 Elul 5777 Ki Tavo and the Limits of Human Control The catastrophic Henry had barely abated when Irma came along with unprecedented fury. As I write, it appears that Irma will conquer southern Florida; leaving a path of unspeakable devastation. These two storms are most frightening

Ki Tetze: Protecting Each Other From Falling

Ki Tetze: Protecting Each Other From Falling When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall it Deuteronomy 22:8 This past week we witnessed the worst of nature and the best of the human soul and

Shabbat Shalom From Rabbi Klayman 8/24/17

Shabbat Shalom From Rabbi Klayman 8/24/17

It is good to be back! Rarely (if ever) do I speak partisan politics from the pulpit or from within this column. It is ill advised and even dangerous for spiritual leaders to quote sacred texts in support of political officials or policies. By doing so we abuse not only those texts, but our authority

Matot and a Meeting with the UN Secretary General

Matot and a Meeting with the UN Secretary General

Matot and a Meeting with the UN Secretary General We all appreciate the power of words. Whether for individuals, communities, or nations, words-as opposed to intentions-are part of our public record. In the case of Israel, for example, her neighboring nations may secretly convey an intent to consider peace; yet their public statements...

Balak and Unity Within All of Israel

Balak and Unity Within All of Israel

Rabbi’s Note: Wih summer I will take some liberties; I delivered the comments below last Shabbat. Recent activities by the Knesset-in support of Israeli’s Chief Rabbinate-have created world wide concern in the Jewish community. It is my hope that the progress made toward religious pluralism in Israel will not be impeded by an...