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Elul 5778 – Teshuvah (Repentance) – and Patience!

August 16, 2018
Mt Bierstadt

The Hebrew month of Elul started a few days ago – which means Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgement will be here in less than a month. As Rabbi Alan Lew z”l said of Rosh Hashanah, Standing in the light of God, you can see a great deal more than you ordinarily might, but...
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Tisha b’Av 5778 – Fasting and Brokenness

July 22, 2018
broken world

As I write this, Tisha b’Av has just started here in Denver, Colorado where I’m hanging out at the moment. I thought about going to the synagogue for the traditional recitation of Eicha, Lamentations, but even from a distance I just can’t connect with the words of Eicha, and the imagery of Jerusalem destroyed,...
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Keynote Address at Alabama State Holocaust Commemoration, April 10, 2018

April 11, 2018
Rabbi Barry Leff

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, I had the honor of delivering the Keynote Address at the State of Alabama’s Holocaust Commemoration in the State Capitol. The event was in the old Senate Chambers, the very same room where the Alabama Senate had voted to secede from the Union in 1861. Governor Kay Ivey was...
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Eighth Day of Passover 5778 – African Refugees in Israel

April 10, 2018
Holot

We have spent the last week celebrating the story of our escape from Egypt. How we were oppressed and abused, our infant sons living under a death decree. We managed to escape with our lives, leaving in such a hurry our bread didn’t have time to rise. All week we’ve been eating matzah and...
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Make Your Own Haggadah

March 22, 2018
haggadah

I just finished a cool project that I’ve been wanting to do for some time – creating my own haggadah for the Passover seder. HAGGADOT.COM makes it pretty easy. I probably invested nine or ten hours in the project. They have basic templates you can use a starter, and then you can add clips...
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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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