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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A Eulogy for Alan Soloway

Aharon ben Avraham haCohen v’Sarah  April 26th 1927 – July 1st 2016 Above my father’s hospital bed was a sign that said “name of patient, name you want to be known by, consultant, nurse” on the left side, and on the right side a box with the title “what matters most to me,” which was […]

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Purim and our Dark World

The world feels so crazy and every day I am afraid of what the headlines will be when I turn on the radio in the morning.  Today I awoke to the horrific news of the bombings in Bruxelles.  As a European, this feels so close to home and like an attack on all of us.  […]

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Building our Tabernacle Together!

Last week we began reading the exquisite descriptions in the Torah of building the Mishkan, a special place of dwelling.  The whole community participates in this amazing project to create a very holy space. Recently I had the opportunity to tour the new JCC across the street from us. I was so impressed with the […]

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MLK Day – The Only Way to get it Together is Together

This last Shabbat about 30 guests from the Boulder Islamic Center joined our community for a Kiddush lunch.  It was truly inspiring to watch the interactions and conversations as we engaged in a loving, human endeavor of getting to know each other and learn from one another.  The fear and suspicion that pervades our culture […]

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On Becoming a US Citizen

On Wednesday December 16th, I was officially sworn in as a citizen of the US, which was an extraordinary experience that actually gave birth to a surprising range of emotions.  It was very moving to see 50 or so people becoming citizens from 29 different countries, including Belgium, Bhutan, China, Cote d’Ivoire, the Czech Republic, […]

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Giving Thanks in Jerusalem

Thanksgiving in Jerusalem This week it was Thanksgiving in America and I am in Jerusalem feeling full of thanks for so much here; the beauty and the passion; the courage and the hope of ordinary people wanting a different future; the incredible gift of reconnecting with wonderful friends; the opportunity to learn such deep Torah […]

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Reflections from Jerusalem – Wrestling with the Angels

Reflections from Jerusalem – Wrestling with the Angels I wrote a quick post on Friday before Shabbat and another on Sunday morning, each reflecting different components of  my extraordinary visit to this special and hurting place. They are below with the most recent first. Truthfully, the second post came from a slight misunderstanding and refers […]

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