Rabbi’s Blog

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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Won’t You be My Neighbor? Kol Nidre 5779

Won’t You be My Neighbor? Kol Nidre – 5779   It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood! A beautiful day for a neighbor Would you be mine? Could you be mine? It’s a neighborly day in this beauty wood A neighborly day for a beauty Would you be mine? Could you be mine? I have […]

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Memory and Legacy – Yom Kippur 5779

Memory and Legacy Yom Kippur 5779 Let us tell tales All the rest can wait All the rest must wait Let us tell tales That is our primary obligation Commentaries will have to come later Lest they replace or becloud what they mean to reveal Let us tell tales So as to remember how vulnerable […]

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Truth and Justice – Rosh HaShanah Day 1 5779 Rabbi Marc

Truth and Justice Rabbi Marc Soloway – Rosh HaShanah Day 1 5779 The story is told that the raven and the nightingale once had a competition to decide which of them had the sweetest voice.  All the animals gathered to listen and the pig was appointed judge. The nightingale sang so sweetly, the raven cried […]

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A Eulogy for Doris Small

Doris Small – Devorah bat Moshe v’Hinde Miriam z”l July 20th 1923 – September 3rd 2018 There has always been something about this time of year that I associate with Doris.  It seems that her falls, her time in hospital, rehab and nursing homes have so often been around Rosh HaShanah, and when I would […]

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A Eulogy for Irene Rosenschein z”l

Irene Ilona Rosenschein – Yitta bat Yisrael v’Bluma Hendel Delivered at Bonai Shalom on May 18th 2018, Sivan 4, 5778 Who here does not feel richer and a little more complete through knowing Irene Ilona Rosenschein, who has left the most extraordinary legacy to every single one of us whose lives she touched?  What an […]

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