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Lech Lecha 5778 – Jewish Continuity Advice from Abraham

October 29, 2017
Abraham's Journey

What is it that makes Abraham so special that God singles him out to become the first Jew? When God spoke to Noah about the coming flood, we’re first told that Noah was a “righteous and pure” man in his generation. That explains why Noah was chosen of that corrupt generation to be the...
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Yom Kippur 5778 – Empathy in Troubling Times

October 16, 2017
Kaepernik-Boyer

Many of us were shocked by what happened in Charlottesville in August. The ADL describes the scene: Marchers threw Nazi salutes as they waved swastika flags, proudly wore swastika pins and shirts, and shouted “sieg heil!”  A sign carried by rally-goers warned that the “Jewish media is going down;” another declared that “Jews are...
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Kol Nidre 5778 – The Heart in Prayer

October 8, 2017
Heart in prayer

Kol Nidre. Here we are at the opening service of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We have a big crowd; it’s one time a year when even if there were a Crimson Tide football game, attendance wouldn’t be down much. Or at least I like to think that attendance wouldn’t be down much....
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Rosh Hashanah 5778 Day Two – The Complexities and Beauty of Israel

October 6, 2017
Jerusalem's Western Wall

A few months ago I celebrated my tenth “aliyahversary,” marking ten years since the day in 2007 when I made aliyah – when I became a citizen of the state of Israel and made my home in Jerusalem. The establishment of the State of Israel, a homeland for the Jews, is, without question, the...
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