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Rabbi’s Blog

Just one week ago I was celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem, with our pre-confirmation family trip. It was really a magnificent Shabbat. The weather was clear and mild--- the last tinges of pink were on the Jerusalem sky; the air was just warm enough to make...

Rabbi Jodie Gordon Yitro || January 25, 2019 In a few weeks, I’ll be traveling to Israel with our pre-confirmation students, and have been doing some preparation, thinking, and reading of my own to get ready.  I was reminded this week of one of my favorite quotes, attributed...

Parashat Ki Tissa 5779 Al Vorspan has been described as gadol ha-dor, a giant of his generation, for his courageousness, for his unflagging optimism, for his indomitable spirit. He was called a modern day prophet because of his moral clarity, his willingness to say what was...

On the Religious Round Table this week, Rabbi Hirsch talks with the Rev. Liz Rogers Goodman, of the Monterey UCC, and Sheela Clary, author, about the legalization of recreational marijuana, and its effects on our community. This was a fun and fascinating conversation. Be sure...

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...