201609 - Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec 2016

on Tuesday, 27 September 2016.

201609 - Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec 2016

In his book Arpelei Tohar (roughly, “mists of purity”), Abraham Isaac Kook* wrote:

“There are times when there is a need to violate the words of the Torah since there is no one in the

generation who can show the way [to do it permissibly]...”

201607 - July/August, 2016

on Thursday, 07 July 2016.

201607 - July/August, 2016

Representing the Jewish position on social issues within interfaith dialogue is often an interesting perspective. For example, the Jewish position on divorce is markedly different from Christianity, especially Catholicism; Judaism has always provided a mechanism for a marriage to end while still recognizing the heartbreak involved. Similarly, Judaism defines abortion in fundamentally different terms than Christianity or Islam. Even according to ancient Jewish law, a fetus has always had a different legal status than its mother, so terminating a pregnancy fell within many acceptable halachic mechanisms.

201605 - May/June, 2016

on Thursday, 28 April 2016.

201605 - May/June, 2016

With the final blast of the Shofar on N’ilah at Yom Kippur, the congregation breathes a collective sigh of relief. The High Holy Days are complete. If we are fortunate, we leave inspired to face a year with strength and resolve. If I am fortunate, I have spoken a word, or led a prayer, or cued the choir in a melody that has lifted your heart.

201603 - March/April, 2016

on Sunday, 28 February 2016.

201603 - March/April, 2016

One of the most rewarding parts about being a rabbi, especially in a congregation, is being invited into the lives of our members. Let me share with you a recent example. In late February, we planned a special program for our youngest religious school students, called “Shema Pajama Party.” It was inspired by an idea brought to us by members who shared a similar program with their grandchild in another city. It invited parents to a session involving an adult learning session, and then projects that they could complete with their child(ren). In preparation for this program, I asked parents to send in a photo of their child to use in the projects.

201601 - January/February, 2016

on Sunday, 28 February 2016.

201601 - January/February, 2016
Dear Friends:
 
“Generosity” has been the hallmark of these winter holiday weeks at Temple Israel. I have been so inspired and proud of our Temple community. Members from the youngest students in our Religious School, and throughout our laity, have all done so much to bring joy and achievement to our endeavours.
 
 

201511 - November/December, 2015

on Wednesday, 04 November 2015.

201511 - November/December, 2015

As I write this, we just completed a whirlwind weekend at Temple Israel. What a wonderful celebration the 30th anniversary was! So many of our founders and long-time members shared their memories, as the newer leaders and members added their own experiences into the narrative. It was a wonderful reminder of our Temple Israel “roots” - how we began, who helped us develop, and the many ways we have grown in 3 decades. It was a beautiful tribute to our past.