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Rabbi's Week In Review - 9/13/2022

09/13/2022 01:58:49 PM


This past week, I started a beginning Yiddish course. I have always regretted not having learned Yiddish and finding that connection with my aunt and uncle, of blessed memory, as well as my first Hebrew-school teacher, also of blessed memory.  

I am grateful to my eldest, Solomon, for requesting that we buy the course as a birthday present for him, and that he is OK sharing the space with me. Our kids can connect us to all...Read more...

Rabbi's Week In Review - 9/6/2022

09/06/2022 12:14:58 PM


As I write this, my laptop computer is limping toward the end of its useful life. For me, this has brought on a sense of dread — dread that I might lose something that I have saved on the computer (even if I have not looked at it in the last eight years or so), dread over having to familiarize myself with new technology, dread at losing this communication lifeline.

I am not one to decry our overreliance on our computers. I do...Read more...

Rabbi's Week In Review - 8/29/2022

08/29/2022 03:52:30 PM


The American Jazz Museum held a celebration this past weekend for Charlie Parker’s birthday. (He would have been 102 this week, on August 29.) It was a wonderful night, featuring the best of what jazz has to offer.  

One of the takeaways from the evening: the talented young jazz musicians playing way beyond their years, in both their level of competence and in the passion they brought to the music. The Kansas City New...Read more...

Rabbi's Week In Review - 8/23/2022

08/23/2022 01:04:58 PM


Kansas City is one of the only major cities in the country without local control of its police department. Large swaths of the Kansas City community have persistently gone unrepresented on the Board of Police Commissioners, made up of our mayor and four members appointed by Missouri’s governor. There has been little to no representation east of Troost and overrepresentation from the Waldo, Brookside and Plaza...Read more...

Rabbi's Week In Review - 8/15/2022

08/15/2022 03:57:30 PM


I had the pleasure and honor this past Sunday of giving the sermon at Peace Church, where my colleague and friend the Rev. Holly McKissick serves as senior minister and spiritual leader. I spoke of how our Jewish calendar occurs as an emotional flow. It runs on a cycle of emotional highs and lows — confronting realities about ourselves that are difficult, interspersed with times of joy and celebration.

This cycle of emotions is not...

Rabbi's Week In Review - 8/9/2022

08/09/2022 04:23:33 PM


We observed Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, this past weekend. It’s a day that commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples, and any churban, any persecution, that has befallen the Jewish people. It culminates a three-week period of mourning on the Jewish calendar. (This year, we actually observed it on the 10th day of Av because it is a fast day — a fast day other than Yom Kippur is postponed by a day when...Read more...

Rabbi's Week In Review - 8/1/2022

08/01/2022 04:52:38 PM


As I write this, I am visiting with family out of town over a long weekend. It has been rejuvenating — a time of happiness and a time to feel hopeful. I always struggle with finding a balance between instilling hopefulness for myself and those around me (particularly my Kol Ami family) and engaging head-on  in the discouraging reality of our world.

There was some hopeful news in the past week with the possible breakthrough of...Read more...

08/01/2022 04:51:14 PM


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Rabbi's Week In Review - 7/25/2022

07/25/2022 02:42:19 PM


For some reason, a good deal of my time, both within and outside Torah, has lately focused on land and borders.  This week’s double portion, Matot-Masei, provides us with the most extensive, but not the only, delineation of the borders for HaAretz — the land of Israel — in our Written Torah.

This started for me back in Parashat Shelach-Lecha with the narrative regarding the 12 spies who scouted the land. What was the...Read more...

Rabbi's Week In Review - 7/18/2022

07/18/2022 04:20:22 PM


As we at Congregation Kol Ami continue the important work of pursuing justice and strengthening marginalized communities outside our synagogue community (our work with Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund, Martin Luther King Jr. School and Manheim Garden, as well as such issues as reproductive rights and voting rights), we also continue our focus of strengthening our internal community. In order to do all we can for others, we must be a...Read more...

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