Rabbi’s Blog

Friends, This is a very important statement from the Conservative Movement that I feel obligated to share with the community at this time as most of my colleagues have already done. Many blessings Rabbi Marc NEW YORK – The Conservative/Masorti movement of Judaism as represented by its constituent organizations listed below has issued the following […]

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A Dash of Drash – my new podcast!

I am enjoying sending out a weekly podcast, based around themes in the Torah and in conversation with others. It is called A Dash of Drash – check it out here on itunes or here on Soundcloud I hope you will listen in some time!

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Religious Behaviorism or Spiritual Materialism?

Being in Jerusalem or London or New York, I get really used to the daily rhythm of joining, and sometimes, leading a morning minyan to start my day.  This is truer than ever before, now that I am in my year of mourning for my father.  There is something so comforting about starting each day […]

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Worse than Kapos?

Often my Fridays include a visit with a wonderful woman in her nineties called Irene. Irene Rosenschein was raised in a shtetel in the Carpathian Mountains, then part of Hungary, now Ukraine. Most of her large family did not survive the brutality of the Holocaust, but she and three of her sisters all did and […]

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More Stories of the Land

Every day this sacred and complex land brings rich, new experiences and adventures and constant reminders of how many different stories there are to tell, each with its own perspective.  An infinity of narratives that contradict each other and yet they are all true.  My week has included learning Torah from Reform, Conservative and Orthodox […]

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Walls, Bridges, Rivers and Thanksgiving

  Friends, On Monday I spent most of the day in Nablus, the Palestinian city also known as Shechem and a proposed sister city for Boulder. Having been involved in the opposition to this project, I wanted to see and experience for myself the culture of this place that is so close to the Israel […]

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Letting the Light In Through the Cracks

Friends, Have you ever been visited by angels?  Do you believe in them?  Sometimes they come in the form of human beings delivering us a special message or helping us see a profound truth in our lives, or to be a presence of comfort bringing us hope and healing when we are in pain. We […]

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I Can’t Sleep. Is this Real?

Friends, Yesterday, I wrote words of hope and reconciliation, appealing to the best of our humanity to uphold and work for the values that we most cherish, regardless of the outcome of this election.  Now, less than 24 hours later in the very early hours of the morning, I have to admit very honestly that […]

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Lessons I have Learned as a Mourner

How Are you? and other Questions – Some Lessons I have learned as a Mourner by Rabbi Marc How are you?  How are you doing? What’s up?  Questions we all ask, but what do we really want to know when we ask them?  In the midst of sitting shiva for my father, still wearing the […]

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Rosh HaShanah 5777 – Within Our Circles of Justice

Within Our Circles of Justice – Rosh HaShanah 5777 There once was a young man who went out into the world to seek justice. He heard the Torah declare tzedek, tzedek tirdof – justice, justice you shall pursue. Somewhere true justice must exist, he was sure, but he had never found it. So he set out […]

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