Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ingratitude = Bad Leadership

Normally I would wait almost exactly a half-year to write about Parshat Shelach, the Torah reading about the “spies” who, sent by Moshe to scout out the land, returned with a list of complaints and exaggerations and took the heart … Continue reading

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A Boy Named Jew

If you’re much younger than me, unless you’re a country and western fan or a musicologist, you’re probably not familiar with Johnny Cash’s great hit, A Boy Named Sue. Listen to the song for its message or just to refresh … Continue reading

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Dancing Alone Together: Thoughts on the Chanukah Lights

It’s the seventh night of Chanukah. I’ve lit with oil for more than thirty years. I have an old, unornamented chanukiah that was very common in Jerusalem. It still might be. Constructed of brass and faced with glass, it’s like an … Continue reading

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Miketz 5775

We begin the descent into the Egyptian exile as Yosef’s brothers travel to Egypt to buy food in order to survive the famine which encompasses Canaan. From a peak as the honored and privileged family of Yosef who saved Egypt and … Continue reading

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Chanukah 5775: What’s Different And What’s The Same?

Every year the dominant theme of Chanukah is the light we add to the world, especially in its darkest days. Every rabbi, myself included, gives the same speeches/lessons year after year. While we point out that the paragraph, Al HaNissim, … Continue reading

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Complacence Is A Luxury We Can Never Afford

Parshat VaYeshev, our upcoming Torah portion, begins with the oft-told lesson that just because Ya’akov desired to sit back, l’shev, and enjoy his life after years of challenge and struggle, he was, instead, visited with even more pain-filled years. His beloved sons quarrel and … Continue reading

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Don’t Rely On Miracles–A Perspective On Chanukah

There is a Hebrew proverb, עין סומכים על הנס, Eyn Somchim al HaNes, which literally says don’t rely on a miracle. But, approaching Chanukah where we celebrate at least two miracles, and in at least two ways (we both recite הלל … Continue reading

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