Shabbat Parah:  Mystery and Hope

Shabbat Parah: Mystery and Hope

This week, college basketball aficionados celebrate the annual festival known as March Madness; the tournament which ultimately crowns the top college basketball team in the U.S. March Madness began yesterday and today; with the first round of sixty four teams eligible and eager to advance to the next round. For the uninitiated: The teams...

Shabbat Zocor and Carbs: Amalek, Hamentaschen and the Lost Celebration of Cholesterol and Carbs

Shabbat Zocor and Carbs: Amalek, Hamentaschen and the Lost Celebration of Cholesterol and Carbs

Yet another introductory note from the Rabbi: Lest you think I am being serious, keep in mind that Saturday night is Purim.  We have a tradition of Purim Torah; writing humorous (or attempted humorous) comments about the holiday.  The following column attempts to follow in this comical tradition.  A disclaimer:  The pizza image above has...

Parashat Terumah: Protecting Our Holy Places

Parashat Terumah: Protecting Our Holy Places

Parashat Terumah: Protecting Our Holy Places      As Israeli soldiers jubilantly entered the Old City during the Six Day War, one soldier recorded the historic sequence of events. With great emotion, he narrated the march through Lion’s Gate; enroute to the Western Wall. Despite all the emotion, sense of elation and ongoing...

Mishpatim and a Not So Benign Subject

Mishpatim and a Not So Benign Subject

Mishpatim and a Not So Benign Subject      Part of my professional responsibility is to inspire thought; and not to necessarily seek agreement. If a topic (especially a controversial one) leads to candid and open discussion or scrutiny; there is generally room for open mindedness and flexibility among the participants. Sadly, too much of...

Yitro

For years my colleagues and I have discussed and debated the following question: To what extent can and should we address political issues from the pulpit? My long standing opinion is that the pulpit should not be a place for politics. Off the bima perhaps, but not from the bima.  God is not a member of any designated political party...

B’Shallakh and Singing:  Sometimes a Little Luck Helps

B’Shallakh and Singing: Sometimes a Little Luck Helps

B’Shallakh and Singing:  Sometimes a Little Luck Helps      As a sports fan I am somewhat of an anomaly. Since childhood I have been devoted to the Yankees, but never with disdain for the Boston Red Sox; a Yankee mortal enemy. I cannot however make the same claim about another Boston success story: The