Rabbi’s Blog

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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Eleven Months of Kaddish for my Dad

Eleven Months of Kaddish It is late at night on the eve of the first yahrzeit, death anniversary, of my dad, Alan Soloway, Aharon ben Avraham HaCohen u’Sarah, and I feel very reflective of the emotional and spiritual arc of this intense year. Tonight I was celebrating the joint Bat Mitzvah of Bella and Noa, […]

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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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