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”

Bereishit: Our Responsibility to the Earth

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-di65f-ef8aa8 Did you know that the Torah tells two different, contradictory stories about the origin of the earth? Together they remind us that we are responsible to take care of this 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”

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