Taking a Leap of Faith – in Us: Parashat Shemot

Yesterday morning, I woke up in my usual way, the radio next to my bed coming alive with the public news at 6.  Among the day’s early news was this, which version I borrow here from the NY Times reportage. *Switzerland’s oldest private bank on Thursday admitted to helping Americans evade United States taxes, the first time a foreign financial institution has […]

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A Place of Comfort: Parashat Vayish'lah

Travel south on the ancient road of Derekh Beit Lehem from Jerusalem and you come upon a small building with a white domed roof.  Park your car and cross the street and pass through the gate in the wall.  Walk across the courtyard and enter the building.  Across the room you see an impressive rectangular structure about 10 feet high, covered by […]

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Oceans of Pain: Yom Kippur Yizkor 5773

While Civia and I basked for two months in the glorious mountains of Colorado  this summer, Colorado was burning.  The tragedy of the forest fires peaked on June 26, when an entire subdivision of Colorado Springs went up in smoke.  Two people lost their lives, and dozens of families lost virtually everything they owned.  Four weeks later, more than a dozen people […]

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A Tale of Two Shuls: Parashat R'eh

The eminent Jewish educator, Ron Wolfson, begins his book, “The Spirituality of Welcoming,” by telling what happened to him one Shabbat morning at a certain Conservative synagogue where he was the visiting scholar.  As is the case with so many congregations, the synagogue’s sanctuary was still almost entirely empty when time arrived for services to begin.   As one of the handful who […]

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