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Podcasts of 5780 Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Sermons!

A few people wondered if my sermons were available to listen to, so now my Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur talks are available as podcasts for those who want to hear them. Episode 97 – Trees, Animals and the Weather Episode 98 – Beyond Selfie Episode 96 – Standing Up! You can listen on soundcloud here or […]

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Standing Up – Yom Kippur 5780

Standing Up – Yom Kippur 5780 Moments before jumping into the narrow, rocky chute, Dave, my laconic guide who has skied these steep mountains in Taos, New Mexico for almost forty years, each run like a pulsing vein in his own body, warned me “if you fall with your head facing downhill, you have just […]

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Beyond Selfie – Kol Nidre 5780

Beyond Selfie – Kol Nidre 5780 Social media. Oy. Hate it, love it, use it, abuse it; for many of us, me included, it can suck away a lot of time and trigger plenty of instant, strong emotions, often of outrage!  I am fairly new to the party and, yet I created a new hashtag […]

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Trees, Animals and the Weather – Rosh HaShanah 5780

Trees, Animals and the Weather – Rosh HaShanah 5780 Trees by Joyce Kilmer I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A […]

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A Eulogy for Carl Herbet – Kalman ben Yosef v’Dora z”l

Carl Herbet – Kalman ben Yosef v’Dora May 1st, 1921 – August 18th, 2019 “Aizeh hu gibor? Who is strong?” asked Rabbi ben Zoma in Pirkei Avot, “hacoveysh et yiztro, the one who controls his passions.” Carl Herbet was physically strong, streetwise and a tough guy, but his nature was not tough. He was sensitive, […]

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Krakow – Saturday and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night in Krakow – November 10th, 2018 Here they have Cheder and Chevre and Hamsa; bars, cafes and restaurants; the locals pronounce that ch like cheese, cheddar, rather than Hebrew or Yiddish for a room, a gathering space, a school. I wandered across the square for services in the ancient synagogue of the Rema (Remu […]

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Auschwitz-Birkenau – Block 19, C Lager

Block 19, C Lager, Auschwitz II – Birkenau – November 8th 2018   Sitting on moss and rubble and dirt with rusty tins of old memorial candles and an eerie silence loud in its lie, another horrific deception in this hell that greeted its new arrivals with the agonizing myth of hope to prevent panic, […]

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On the Train from Warsaw to Krakow

On the Train from Warsaw to Krakow On a train. A Jew watching the Polish forests flying past the window In silent knowing; as if their deep roots and dying leaves have never stopped Holding memory and telling stories. Hard to push away images of Jews in cattle cars seeing the same landscapes On a […]

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Rabbis’ Civil Rights Tour in Alabama

Montgomery to Birmingham, Alabama Last week I found myself eating lunch next to two black police officers at an Indian restaurant in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, a scene that would have been impossible just fifty years earlier in this state when the local police force included no people of color and was part of the horrible, […]

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