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Rabbi's Week in Review - 5/13/2024

05/13/2024 12:59:04 PM


Amidst the continuing sadness and acrimony surrounding the violence in Gaza, and the failure of  leadership on all sides to end the war, I continue to try and connect with those seeking an alternative that will lead to peace and justice — while also holding on to the positive and uplifting trends in our Kol Ami community.

This past Friday, we celebrated Shabbat with our Shabbat Shulchan informal service, followed by Shabbat...Read more...

Rabbi's Week in Review - 5/6/2024

05/06/2024 03:50:34 PM


CBS News’ Sunday Morning ran a story about a new exhibition in New York City that displays clothes and other artifacts left behind at the Nova Music Festival, the gathering that Hamas attacked October 7. Death, kidnapping/hostage-taking and sexual violence — they all took place on that terrible day. The Sunday Morning segment included an interview with a woman who lost her young daughter. The exhibit, along with this horrific attack on...Read more...

Rabbi's Week in Review - 4/29/2024

04/29/2024 02:43:04 PM


I have always looked forward to celebrating Pesach. While the holiday is Torah-based, the seder is really a product of the Rabbinic and Geonic periods. Which is to say, it is ripe for good discussion and healthy argument — Machloket L’Shem Shamayim, Argument for the Sake of Heaven.

Yet I came into this year’s Passover feeling down, and concerned as to what was an appropriate way to celebrate — or even if it was appropriate to...Read more...

Rabbi's Week in Review - 4/23/2024

04/23/2024 02:16:06 PM


For this week of Passover, Fay and I wish everyone a Zissen Pesach. Take time this week for the sweetness of the holiday. Let it fortify us for the sacred work ahead to seek a more just world.


Rabbi's Week in Review - 4/15/2024

04/15/2024 03:09:06 PM


I was involved in a roundtable last week as part of KCPT Channel 19’s “Flatland in Focus” program. The program was one of the events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the murders at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom. On the panel was Mindy Corporon, the founder of the SevenDays nonprofit organization promoting kindness and understanding, and the mother and daughter, respectively, of Reat Underwood and Dr. William...Read more...

Rabbi's Week in Review - 4/8/2024

04/08/2024 04:50:54 PM


This past week was a week for music, both within Kol Ami and out in the broader community.  

While not really new at all to our Kol Ami family, Karen Engebretson has officially become our director of music. While our music is always special, and I/we have been blessed with music directors both highly competent and caring — most recently Lara Steinel, and when I first got the pulpit, Patrick Buckley — both the beauty of...Read more...

Rabbi's Week in Review - 4/1/2024

04/01/2024 03:25:35 PM


Fay and I saw a wonderful movie last week, The Taste of Things. A gourmet, Dodin, and his cook, Eugenie, develop a beautiful romance over 20 years, with food being at the center of their lives. The dialogue is sparse, but it is the sounds made in the cooking involved and the spectacular meals (extravaganzas involving many, many courses) that take center stage in the film.

While we longed for smell-a-vision, as well as just a taste of...Read more...

Rabbi's Week in Review - 3/25/2026

03/25/2024 01:59:52 PM


In the past week, there have been a number of articles showing up regarding both the state of Judaism and the state of our world. It is the changing nature of both that caught my attention.  

As to Judaism, it is the suggestion by Noah Feldman that Judaism, particularly with younger Jews, is leaning away from the nationalism represented by our attachment to Israel and toward a more personalized, spiritual attachment to...Read more...

Rabbi's Week in Review - 3/18/2024

03/18/2024 12:40:40 PM


Last week, Fay and I attended another of the Trailblazing Talks, the speaker series at the Kauffman Center, this one titled “From Sandlots to Stadiums.” The featured presenter was sports photographer Jean Fruth. This followed the previous week’s program presented by the Jewish Experiences program through The J and Jewish Federation, featuring the great sports (and particularly baseball) writer Joe Posnanski. The program took place at...Read more...

Rabbi's Week in Review - 3/11/2024

03/11/2024 01:07:44 PM


I came across an article Sunday from The Washington Post, really an excerpt from the book To Be a Jew Today: A New Guide to G-d, Israel, and the Jewish People, by Harvard law professor Noah Feldman. The very, very short point of the article is that we are a loving yet sometimes dysfunctional family. According to Feldman, this is the basis for the present acrimony within the Jewish community toward the Israel-Palestine...Read more...

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