Music in the Mosque

I love religious music of all kinds. My Jewish tradition is rich with music; prayers are sung, Biblical readings are chanted. Growing up in New England I delighted in simple Shaker hymns and rounds,...

Chai Elul

As the lunar month of Elul is swinging into fullness with the moon, I’m looking forward to seeing the congregation gather for High Holy Days, and also experiencing my habitual longing to be living within...

After Election Teaching from Rabbi

As we catch our breath at this dramatic moment in history, I have a few thoughts to share. There is cause to be concerned that rhetoric of the campaign has emboldened hate groups.  Prominent...

Remembering Horrors of the Holocaust

Despite nearly seventy years of painstaking historical documentation across the globe, certain individuals refuse to believe the Nazi Holocaust ever happened.  Disbelief makes some strange sense: the horrendous suffering of more than six million...

Chanukah 2012

As the sun slips lower on the horizon and the moon fades away, we approach the festival of Chanukah. The rabbis of the Talmud placed our holiday during the waning of the moon close...

Next Year in Jerusalem – March 2013

At the close of the Passover seder we declare, “L’shanah ha’ba-ah bi-rushalyim!”  “In the coming year, in Jerusalem!” Some of us have had the pleasure of celebrating Passover in Jerusalem.  Some of us long...

Longing for Liberation

One of the most deeply religious feelings we can experience is longing – longing for closeness with God, longing to be on good terms with the Cosmos, longing to love and be loved. The...