If Not Now, When? A Plea for Our Environment

This is the sermon that I delivered on Yom Kippur morning 5782/2021. The ancient Greeks tell the story of a boy who wanted to touch the sun. The boy’s name was Icarus. And his father was the master craftsman Daedalus. The two of them had been imprisoned by King Minos in the famous Labyrinth ofContinue reading “If Not Now, When? A Plea for Our Environment”

Ayeka: Where Are You?

This is the sermon that I delivered on Rosh Hashanah morning 5782 (2021). Years ago, before GPS or cell phones or Siri, we had to use roadmaps to figure out where we were and where we were going.  (Remember those days?) Some of my earliest memories involve visiting the AAA office with my parents toContinue reading “Ayeka: Where Are You?”

Shabbat: A Symbol of Our Hope for a Better World

The Mishnah tells us that: On Shabbat, the Levites in the ancient Temple would sing: “Mizmor shir l’yom HaShabbat – A psalm, a song for Shabbat day” (Psalm 92). This is to be understood as being a psalm, a song for the future – for the day that will be nothing but Shabbat and restContinue reading “Shabbat: A Symbol of Our Hope for a Better World”

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”

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