Rabbi’s Blog

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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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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