Out of the Rabbi's Mind

Category: Sermons


Open the Door: Doors on Our Jewish Identity

  Is it a professional hazard, or personal interest, or a bit of both? I am not sure. However, I watch a lot of Jewish YouTube videos. People send them to me in emails and messages, they are found in…

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Open the Door: Doors into Loving the Land of Israel

When you visit Jerusalem, the white limestone buildings of old and new, rise out of the hills of the Judean desert. Buildings that are rooted in centuries of history. That have weathered wind and storm. Buildings that glisten with golden…

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The Kotel Decision: The Parties at the Table

  I remember going to visit Judy Chicago’s art installation “The Dinner Party” long ago at the Brooklyn Museum. This iconic feminist art piece sits in a mood-lit room, in the middle a triangular table upon which are 39 place…

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THE 4TH JULY DREAM

“An uninterpreted dream is like a letter that is not opened” says the Talmud[i]. We Jews have long been dream interpreters. From my famous namesake Joseph who dreamed of his rise from the depths of a pit to a high…

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On the Journey for Justice

How is this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetze, like a sheep? Hm. Perhaps I am racing ahead a bit… Let me tell you a true story. Last Monday I literally ran out of the office. I had spent the whole…

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Shift and Consolidation: Thoughts on the Torah Portions Mishpatim and Terumah

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The Limits of our Wills

This week I was able to make some choices. As a newly minted American I could make the choice to vote (finally!). As a voter I could choose between candidates and parties for the House and Senate. This week we…

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