Category : Rabbi’s Thoughts

  • Let the light of the chanukiah wax strong….

    Posted ‍‍כז חשון ה תשעח - Nov 16th, 2017 By in Rabbi's Thoughts With | Comments Off

    As I write these swords in early November, an unusual bone-chilling, crop-freezing cold front is bearing down on New England. Combined with our recent return to Standard Time, there is no denying that we are beginning our descent into winter in earnest. And that means, of course, our annual encounter with Chanukah. These are, in …

  • End-of-Life Options

    Posted ‍‍יט תשרי ה תשעח - Oct 9th, 2017 By in Rabbi's Thoughts With | Comments Off

    Despite the fact that the days between Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur are, typically, filled with many last-minute preparations for the fall holy days, this year I felt compelled to set aside time on Tuesday, September 26, to make my way to Beacon Hill, there to offer testimony before the Joint Committee on Health, in favor of Massachusetts 2017 “End …

  • Shelter from the storm….

    Posted ‍‍כה אלול ה תשעז - Sep 16th, 2017 By in Rabbi's Thoughts With | Comments Off

    We creep to our bed, and its straw mattress. We wait; we listen. The storm lulls off, then redoubles, Bending the trees half-way down to the ground, Shaking loose the last wizened oranges in the orchard, Flattening the limber carnations. A spider eases himself down from a swaying light-bulb, Running over the coverlet, down under …

  • Supporting the Falmouth Service Center

    Posted ‍‍יד אלול ה תשעז - Sep 5th, 2017 By in Rabbi's Thoughts With | Comments Off

    A new year frequently brings change, sometimes welcome, sometimes less so. As the new Jewish year 5,778 approaches we have learned of a change that will impact an institution near and dear to the hearts of our congregation and to thousands of people on the Upper Cape and beyond…the Falmouth Service Center. Some background: the …

  • Boomer Shabbat (and the Prayer of Exuberance!)

    Posted ‍‍כה סיון ה תשעז - Jun 19th, 2017 By in Rabbi's Thoughts, Uncategorized With | Comments Off

    Jewish tradition identifies three basic categories of prayer: petitionary, thanksgiving and awe. (Someone suggested that these three categories might be better identified as “Gimme, Thanks & Wow!”) I’d like to suggest a fourth prayer category, one that I call “Exuberance”. For me, prayers of exuberance are always wrapped up with music and singing. While the …

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