Rabbi’s Blog

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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Reflecting on Israel at 70

Reflecting on Israel at 70 I met my old friend Rebecca in the remarkable and exquisite setting of The American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem, a surprising haven of tranquility in a divided city.  After our meeting, I walked through the streets of this part of the city, so different and unknown to me compared […]

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A Eulogy for Beverly Goodman z”l

Beverly Helen Goodman (Silverberg) – Chaya Breindel bat Shimshon v’Shaindel August 19th 1937 – February 19th 2018 “Olam chesed yibaneh – The world is built on hesed, on loving kindness” says The Book of Psalms (89:3). Hesed is the biblical Hebrew for which the English word lovingkindness was invented by bible translator Miles Coverdale in the 1500s, who […]

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In the Image of the Divine – Rosh HaShanah Day 1, 5778

In the Image of the Divine – Rosh HaShanah 5778: Rabbi Marc Soloway What a world!  What a beautiful, broken, tragic, painful, confusing world. What are we doing here?  What words can I possibly offer to make sense of anything? I want to talk about all of it; hurricanes, floods, earth quakes, fires, our changing climate, […]

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On Loan – Rosh HaShanah Day 2, 5778: Hannah Kapnik Ashar

On Loan – Rosh Hashana 5778: Rabbinic Intern Hannah Kapnik Ashar  It’s late on Shabbat afternoon and Rebbi Meir is teaching in the beit midrash, the house of learning. Meanwhile back at home, his two sons pass away.Their mother, Beruria, lays them down on their bed and spreads a sheet over them. As Shabbat is ending, […]

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