Tu Bishevat: An Urgent Wake-up Call from Our Planet

Today is Tu Bishevat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It’s known as the “New Year of the Trees.” Why do trees need a new year? In ancient times, this was an accounting cutoff – the borderline between “last year’s produce” and “this year’s produce” for purposes of tithing to the Temple. WeContinue reading “Tu Bishevat: An Urgent Wake-up Call from Our Planet”

Sharing Our Home: Lessons from a Spider

(Following is the sermon I delivered on Yom Kippur morning 5779/2018.)   I had some help writing this sermon…from a spider. I’ll tell you about that in a few minutes, but first, a story. The midrash tells of a group of people traveling together over the water. They were traveling in a boat large enoughContinue reading “Sharing Our Home: Lessons from a Spider”

Don’t Blame “Not Me” – Why the Oil Spill is Our Fault

(A sermon on Chukkat) I love the Sunday comics. My wife laughs at me every week because as soon as the newspaper arrives, the first thing I do is open up to the comics. One comic, which is actually not among my favorites – is Family Circus. It tells about the daily life of aContinue reading “Don’t Blame “Not Me” – Why the Oil Spill is Our Fault”