Parshat Matot Masei: Appreciating the Struggles For Freedom

Parshat Matot Masei: Appreciating the Struggles For Freedom

Parshat Matot Masei: Appreciating the Struggles For Freedom I am writing my weekly Torah portion blog on Monday, to highlight a personal fast I am undertaking today. In the Torah portion of Masei , we read a dry and detailed list of all the places through which b’nai yisrael passed on the way to their Promised Land. Occasionally...

Parshat Balak: Not Everyone Hates a Jew

Parshat Balak: Not Everyone Hates a Jew

Balak: Not Everyone Hates a Jew I started my career at a new (and only) synagogue in Bradenton, Florida. Bradenton was known for the Tropicana OJ Factory, for the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training base, and for dozens of churches, mainstream and evangelical. On several occasions, the local churches would invite a guest speaker from an...

Parshat Hukkat and the Long Journey

Parshat Hukkat and the Long Journey

Parshat Hukkat and the Long Journey Yesterday,, the school my son attends held its High School graduation. Students who graduate The Village School are generally emotional and demonstrative about their achievements. For many of them, Village School represents the kind of nurturing, safe and comfortable environment they never before...

Parshat Korach: Sins of the Parents Are No Excuse

Parshat Korach: Sins of the Parents Are No Excuse

Parshat Korach: Sins of the Parents Are No Excuse When most of us reach our later teens and early twenties, we begin to reflect on the role our parents played in our lives. Hopefully, we acknowledge their dedication to us and to our well-being, but we also look critically at their foibles and idiosyncrasies to

Parshat Shelakh L’kha: The Blame Game

Parshat Shelakh L’kha: The Blame Game

Parshat Shelakh L’kha: The Blame Game Although we often react to Congress with dismay, anger, frustration and despair, we can rely on one D.C. constant: The Blame Game. Whenever legislation fails to pass a vote or is modified out of oblivion, our indignant representatives will usually hold others accountable for the failure. One...

Parshat B’ha’a’lot’kha: The Honeymoon is Over

Parshat B’ha’a’lot’kha: The Honeymoon is Over

Parshat B’ha’a’lot’kha: The Honeymoon is Over For me, the phrase “let’s get real” is not the most beloved expression in the idiom hierarchy. In its most literal sense, “let’s get real” suggests that from this moment forward we need to be realistic and serious about something for...