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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...

God of Mothers and Fathers Send strength to those who are apart tonight Gentleness to those who are fighting for freedom Yearning to be together.   God of our sons and daughters
Help us remember that you are the God of their sons and daughters Who speak to you in languages of...

The poet Theodore Roethke wrote “in a dark time the eye begins to see” This week has been a particularly dark time, here at home, in the Jewish community, and in Israel. What we see is discord, an inability to hear opposing viewpoints, and we see...

  Today marks the 4th anniversary of my rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. People are sometimes surprised when I tell them that rabbinical school is five years long. Those of us ordained by HUC-JIR begin the first year together studying in Jerusalem,...

Reflections on Jerusalem By Deborah Harris After breakfast we loaded up the bus with our luggage and prepared to say goodbye to Jerusalem.  But we had a few stops to make first. Our first appointment was with Donniel Hartman of the Hartman Institute (many thanks to Barbara Lafer and...

Reflections from Israel By Nina Lipkowitz A few thoughts on Shabbat in Jerusalem. It has taken me several days to reflect on this day and begin to be able to put it into words. I was looking forward to spending Shabbat in Jerusalem. It was one of...