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The Torah’s Dance – Yizkor Shmini Atzeres

Earlier this year, at a more frivolous moment, I introduced a Jimmy Fallon-inspired game to the pulpit, something we called, Minhag or Shminhag. I would share a Jewish practice and ask the audience, I mean congregation, if the said practice was a minhag – meaning a legitimate and sanctioned practice, or a shminhag – a more »

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Modern Antisemitism – What would Max Jacob say – Kol Nidrei

For the past seven years, every Kol Nidrei night, I would stand up on the bima with Max Jacob. Dressed in his white kittel, truly looking like an angel, Max would open the Aron, the Ark, and then do what he did best; he would manage and direct. “This person should take this Torah, this more »

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One – Yom Kippur Yizkor Sermon

Just over two thousand years ago, a Roman official visiting Jerusalem recorded in great detail the scene he took in on the Eve of Passover, on Erev Pesach. He describes Yerushalayim teeming with hundreds of thousands of Jewish men, women, and children from all over the country and beyond. How they all thronged to the more »

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What If? Rosh Hashana Day Two

The year – 1712 Before the Common Era. The great king and judge Hammurabi has died, and his son, Samsu-iluna attempts to hold his father’s sprawling empire of Babylon together. He is unsuccessful, and instead, the careful order constructed by his father, crumbles into chaos. Across the Euphrates lives a man, known by many to more »

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Where I’m Supposed to Be First Day of Rosh Hashana

As Yogi Berra once said, it’s déjà vu all over again. Great to see you all back here, some new faces, many old faces. I look forward to seeing you all next year, back again; healthy and happy. A few months ago, the shul took a trip to the Auschwitz exhibit in New York. It more »

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(Not) Forgetting the Past – Parshas Ki Seitzei

On May 3rd, 2002, the movie, Spider-man was released. Critics and audiences agreed that it was a great film; the first to gross 100 million over a weekend, and at the time, was the most successful film based on a comic book. (Wikipedia) What most audience members did not know, is that one of its more »

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Our Inner World – Parshas Shoftim

First of all, I need to thank you Zavdi for introducing me to a great online game! I don’t think I’ve played an online game since I was a teenager but thanks to Zavdi’s recommendation, I went to americanhistoryusa.com/campaigntrail and was tested on my presidential knowledge. I chose the 11th president, President James Knox Polk, more »

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Wake Up! Rosh Chodesh Elul Parshas Re’eh

Uri Shachar, a young Israeli man, came to shul on Yom Kippur like he did every Yom Kippur, only that this Yom Kippur was different. It would be the first time he would say Yizkor for his beloved father. His father, Yaniv had passed away a short two months ago and Uri couldn’t stop thinking more »

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Cynicism and Fresh Perspectives Shabbos Nachamu

It seems to me that there are three types of shul-goers; there are those who come to daven, those who come to talk, and those who come to shush. You know who I’m talking about. The shushers. These are the people who really wanted to be librarians but were rejected because they wanted to read more »

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Non-Trends in Jewish Life – Parshas Devarim

One of my favorite stories is about the author of the Jewish Code of Law, Rav Yosef Caro. Apparently, he was troubled by a passage in the Talmud for many, many years. And he would always come back to this passage and try to come up with solutions to the question, but to no avail. more »

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