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Noah, Abraham, Passover and the Call for Justice

Making a commitment to social justice means, among other things, being willing to challenge authority when one sees oppression, discrimination and violations of civil, cultural and religious rights in one’s community. It means being...

One Bad Apple?

In Chapter 3 of Megillat (the scroll of) Esther – which we read on Purim – we’re introduced to our villain, Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Aggagite, who becomes promoted to be King...

Lessons from the Land of Egypt

A story is told that when a gentile came to the great Hillel and said, “Teach me the entire Torah while I stand on one foot,” Hillel replied, “That which is hateful to you,...

I Have A Dream

I Have A Dream

  Excerpt from the “I Have A Dream” speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King set to Haftorah trope, chanted by Rabbi Susan Elkodsi.     I HAVE A DREAM I am happy to...

What About The Kids?

What about the kids?

When we think about our personal legacies, and the intangibles we leave behind along with money, jewelry and other goods, two of the things that are often at the top of a list of...

Lighting the Way

Parashat Mikketz, which is almost always read on Shabbat during Hanukkah, begins with Pharaoh’s dream of 7 fat cows being swallowed up by seven lean cows, and the seven hearty sheaves of wheat replaced...

Wrestling With The Angels, Wrestling With Ourselves

This week’s Torah reading is Vayishlach, and contains the famous story of Jacob wrestling with the angel before his meeting with his brother Esau after 20 years. “And a man wrestled with him until...

Remembering Ruth Gruber

“Ruth Gruber has moved across most of the twentieth century as a compassionate writer, eloquent speaker, humanitarian and rescuer of Jews.” Barbara Seaman, Jewish Women’s Archive We learn in midrash Bereishit Rabbah that, “Some...

The Joy of Yom Kippur

This year, for some reason, I haven’t been dreading Yom Kippur. No, I’m not thrilled about fasting, and the hours spent in synagogue (yes, sometimes even the rabbi!) but there’s more to it. I...

Comfort and Tradition

There’s a saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different outcome. On the other hand, there’s comfort in doing the same thing over and over and getting...