Maggid: Telling the Story (A Seder Supplement)

NOTE: The primary purpose of the Pesach Seder is “maggid” – telling the story of the Exodus. According to the Talmud, we are meant to do so by expounding on Deuteronomy’s words of slavery and freedom – “My father was a wandering Aramean.” Here is my attempt for this year to find modern meaning inContinue reading “Maggid: Telling the Story (A Seder Supplement)”

The Life That We Would Like to be Living: A Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 5773

The Architect Frank Lloyd Wright tells about a memory. He was nine years old, and he was walking across a snowy field with his no-nonsense uncle. The boy wandered this way and that, collecting reeds and taking in the scenery, while his uncle walked straight across the field. Upon reaching the top of the hill,Continue reading “The Life That We Would Like to be Living: A Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 5773”

Sukkot: Measuring the Years

Sukkot is the strangest holiday we have, and it has the strangest rituals. It’s one thing to sit around the table and eat and sing (like we do on every holiday). It’s quite another thing to build a shack in the back yard and wave around a bunch of plants in all directions.  What’s thatContinue reading “Sukkot: Measuring the Years”

We Can’t Change the Past (A Sermon for Yom Kippur 5772)

A great scholar once taught that: The future hasn’t been written yet. The future is whatever you make it. Those are wise words, especially for Yom Kippur, as we sit and ponder the coming year, ponder the future. But I’ll bet you’ll never guess who it was that said those wise words. It wasn’t aContinue reading “We Can’t Change the Past (A Sermon for Yom Kippur 5772)”