Reflections About Simhat Torah and the Book of Genesis For many of us, the Jewish holidays do not conclude with Yom Kippur. We celebrate days of Sukkot along with Shmini Atzeret and Simhat Torah. There are synagogues activities, family activities and much, much planning which goes into these holiday observances. At this season of the
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
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 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
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 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...