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Parashat Vayigash 5779 | December 14, 2018 Consider the concept of restraint: is it a virtue or is it a vice? What benefits come when we restrain ourselves? Do we cause harm when we force ourselves to do something we do not want to do? This...

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Liz Goodman, the pastor at the Monterey Church. We explored our different understandings of personal prayer. Take a listen and let us know your thoughts! The Religious Round Table airs every week on WSBS. The show is hosted each week by...

Delivered on Kol Nidrei 5779 During my time in Rabbinical School I interned as a chaplain at NYU’s Tisch Hospital. One of my responsibilities was to serve the spiritual needs of the patients and their families in the pediatric rehab unit. Each morning, the attending physician...

She remembered sitting in Yom Kippur services when she was little.  She remembered the sound of the shofar at the end of neilah  when all the adults would rush out to eat. And she remembered the sound of the haftarah--- the lilting, warning, mournful sound of...

I want to begin with a story from folksinger Dar Williams’ book, “What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open Mike-Night at a Time.” You start with a hill. You say to...

Delivered on September 10, 2018 at Rosh Hashanah morning services. In 1987, the US Army War College coined a term that has become more pointed and more broadly taught year after year. It is a frame through which our military views their world, and more and...

Imagine for a moment that you’re on a boat in a small outlet of a bay. It’s the nighttime; it’s still summertime. No one else is out on the water but you. The night is moonless, and quiet. The only sound you hear is from...

By Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber Shabbat shalom. Thank you to Rabbi Hirsch for the opportunity to share Shabbat with you. I had a sudden awareness when I was in Israel this summer—it was 45 years since my first trip to Israel. 45 years of visits and discussions....

Delivered on August 3, 2018 Parashat Ekev 5778 “Sometimes, finding kindness in strangers can be as hard as finding your lost keys. Sometimes, they can actually be the same thing. When Steve drove off with his $500 keyless car fob on the top of his car, he...

Thirty six. Conservatively speaking, that’s the number of times that the phrase “Do not oppress the stranger” appears in our tradition. I say “conservatively” because that accounts only for the times we hear it in the Torah. This admonition repeats and echoes through Ketuvim and the Prophets--- The voice...