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”

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: A Sermon For Rosh Hashanah 5778

Does anybody else here remember the book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? It’s about a kid named Alexander, about 4 or 5 years old, who is not having a good day. ┬áHe gets gum in his hair, and drops his sweater in the sink, and gets criticized by his teacher,Continue reading “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: A Sermon For Rosh Hashanah 5778”

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)”

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