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Rabbi’s Blog

By Jodie Friedman In this week’s parasha, Vaera, we take a deeper look at the signs and marvels found in the Torah. In preparing for this d’var, I read the English translation of Vaera–the title of which literally means “I appeared”–and of course explored some...

Over the course of the New Year, I had the chance to spend some time in Boston with my college friends--- twenty years after first meeting, we found ourselves at a Residence Inn and Suites in Burlington, MA- just a couple of exits away from...

On the opening page of her new bestselling memoir, Michelle Obama writes:  “I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child: What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some...

Shortly after the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, our friends from several congregations in our community reached out to express their hurt along with their prayers of solace and peace. We are grateful for the strong connection across lines of faith...

Parashat Vayehi 5779 Tonight, I want to tell the tale of ancestry and migration. This is on my mind because of the ongoing conversations around immigration, the possibility of a government shutdown that will last for a very long time, the fact that unaccompanied migratory minors sit...

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...