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Archive: December 2021

Murmuration and Transformation: The Power of a Swarm

Posted on December 24, 2021

December 24, 2021 Murmuration and Transformation: The Power of a Swarm This week’s d’var Torah on parashat Shemot. This week, I had the opportunity to study with Rabbi Adina Allen at the Jewish Studio Project. She called our attention to the Hebrew word sheretz, which means “swarm.” In this week’s parasha, Shemot, the new Pharaoh in Egypt uses sheretz to describe Continue Reading »

The Miracle of Showing Up

Posted on December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021 The Miracle of Showing Up This week’s d’var Torah on parashat Miketz, Taanit 11a, and celebrating Hanukkah in difficult times. One of the occupational hazards of the rabbinate is that sometimes a piece of text chases you down and makes you preach about it, or, as Rashi says, it calls out Darsheini, “Interpret Continue Reading »

Twenty Minutes a Pound

Posted on November 26, 2021

November 26, 2021 “Twenty Minutes a Pound” This week’s sermon on parshat Vayeshev. Last week, our student choir sang a song about Rabbi Ben Bag Bag, who, in addition to having a “double name-name” is known for saying about the Torah, “Turn it, and turn it, and turn it again, for everything is in it” Continue Reading »

The Golem and the Mensch

Posted on October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021 This week’s d’var Torah on Chayei Sarah. Halloween is not a Jewish holiday. In some ways, it is the opposite of a Jewish holiday. When we dress up in costumes and go door to door (on Purim), it’s for the purpose of sharing food with others, not demanding sweets for ourselves. Nevertheless, Continue Reading »

Sarah, Hagar and the Pursuit of Reproductive Justice

Posted on October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021 This week’s d’var Torah on Parashat Vayera and Reproductive Justice. This week’s Torah portion, Vayera, is brimming with complex moral questions. Abraham and God argue over whether God should destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorroh, even through there might be  a few righteous people living there. Abraham passes his wife Sarah off Continue Reading »

Choosing our Density – Yom Kippur

Posted on September 16, 2021

As a child of the 80s, almost every movie I watched growing up was part of a trilogy: Indiana Jones, The Karate Kid and of course, Star Wars (there were only three back then). So when one of my seminary professors asked us to select a modern film and analyze its theological messages, I said, Continue Reading »

Emerging from the Cave – Kol Nidrei

Posted on September 15, 2021

Y’all know I love a weird Talmudic story, especially when it speaks to our current situation. So as I started to prepare for the High Holy Days, thinking we would be just about “back to normal,” I sought out a story about coming out of quarantine. I found a passage about two rabbis who lived Continue Reading »

Cancel Culture versus Teshuva Culture – Rosh Hashana

Posted on September 7, 2021

I wanted to give at least one sermon this year that wasn’t about the pandemic or the move. So this morning, I’m going to address an issue that is undoubtedly on all of our minds. Has The Cat in the Hat been canceled? This past March, Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to stop publishing six of Continue Reading »

Sacred Discomfort – erev Rosh Hashana

Posted on September 6, 2021

Shana Tovah! Whether you are joining us here in person or online, we are so grateful to have you here in our sacred community. And whether you are joining us here in person or online, this probably isn’t the Rosh Hashana you were dreaming of when we gathered virtually last year. To have survived from Continue Reading »

What Do We Owe To Each Other?

Posted on August 13, 2021

August 13, 2021 This week’s d’var Torah on parashat Shoftim and communal responsibility. Sometimes, a piece of text seems outdated and irrelevant, until you’re ready to understand it in a new way. That’s how I feel about this week’s parasha, Shoftim, which outlines the procedure that Israelite communities should follow if someone finds a dead body Continue Reading »