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No too much silence – לא יותר מידי שתיקה (או: לא. יותר מידי שתיקה….)

10am on Yom HaSho’a, Memorial Day for the Holocaust and Bravery. The traditional siren is sound, wailing through the air, cutting through everything, silencing everything else. It echoes all around the country, outside and inside, the radio, pausing its sad … Continue reading

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Ending on a High Note – לצאת בשירה

Pesach means to “pass-over” but according to some, it’s also pe-sach, literally, a speaking mouth. Everything to do with this holiday is about our mouth: much attention goes into what we put into it, and what comes out. No wonder … Continue reading

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Half Slave-Half Free: Yetzi’at Mitzrayim, Taking out Egypt…. חצי עבד, חצי בן חורין: היציאה של מצרים

The name Pesach, aside from being a reminder of God’s “passing-over”, can also be read as pe-sach, literally, “a talking mouth”. No wonder that such a holiday, which is based on things going into our mouth and coming out of … Continue reading

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In the beginning, there was a small Alef… בראשית היתה אלף…

Imagine: you are about the start teaching Torah to young children, and you have to pick where to start them. Which story would it be? Abraham’s journey, Rachel at the well, Joseph’s coat, Miriam watching Moses floating in the basket, … Continue reading

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The Greatest Miracle in the Torah – הנס הכי גדול בתורה

When I say that this Torah portion describes the biggest miracle in the Torah, my listener tends to think either one of us is the wrong week… but, to me, it is. Often, when we refer to miracles, events out … Continue reading

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משה ואסתר: בין פורים ופסח

משה ואסתר?? רגע, לא התכוונת מרדכי ואסתר? או אולי, משה וציפורה?? אבל כמו ש”לכל איש יש שם”, ו”לכל סיר יש מכסה”, לכל גיבור במסורת שלנו יש גיבורה מקבילה. גיבורה זו איננה זוגתו לחיים שהיא במקרים רבים זו שמשלימה אותו ולכן … Continue reading

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Between Purim and Pesach

(This was prepared as a talk for Beth Jacob, Oakland as we mark one year to COVID-19; link to the full event below; talk begins at min13:30). We are right between Purim and Pesach – seemingly moving from one holiday … Continue reading

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Chaplaincy with Queen Esther – ליווי רוחני עם אסתר המלכה

Esther’s Fast Day at my chaplaincy. Esther here has been sick for a while and not getting better. When I visit her on Monday, she tells me she’s done; she’s been fighting all her life and can’t do it no … Continue reading

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At home with G-d & half an Ark – בבית עם אלוהים וחצי ארון

When my kids were younger, we used to read the story about the six blind men and the elephant, all standing around the huge animal in an effort to “see” it, each arguing that the part of elephant they are … Continue reading

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Yes and yes: Mishpatim, Sh’kalim, Rosh Hodesh Adar…

רק בשבוע שעבר, עמדנו לרגלי הר סיני לכבוד מתן תורה, עדים למופע אור-קולי פנטסטי שעד היום קשה להסביר, והנה, מגיעה פרשת השבוע הזה, פרשת משפטים, עם כל מיני פרטים קטנטנים ואתגריים, כמו מה לעשות עם שור שנגח, מישהו שנפל לתוך … Continue reading

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