Archive for category: Lectures and Sermons

Tears and Hope. The Germany and Israel Board of Rabbis Trip

28 Jan
January 28, 2014

Tears and hope, fears and resolve, profound sadness and fierce determination – that is the mood in Israel this week I stood on the balcony of a relative’s apartment directly overlooking the Moment Café, where just a couple of weeks ago a homicide bomber blew himself up killing 11 Israelis, including a young couple celebrating […]

Erika Whitmore Godwin Tribute

21 Jan
January 21, 2014

I can’t help it. I’d like to write about something else, but I can’t. I wish I could just share your basic, run of the mill inspirational Torah commentary this week, but my heart isn’t in it. I don’t really want to burden you with my own personal sorrow, but I have to talk about […]

Letting God In

14 Jan
January 14, 2014

In a famous Hasidic saying, the Kotzker Rebbe was once asked: “Where does God dwell?” to which he replied, “Wherever you let God in.”

A Culture of Cheating

07 Jan
January 7, 2014

A new teacher asked the class what their parents did for a living. When it was Jimmy’s turn, he stood up and said, “My father is an exotic dancer in a strip club.” The teacher gasped and quickly changed the subject. Later she took Jimmy aside. “Is what you told the class true?” she asked […]

Look Inside

01 Jan
January 1, 2014

A friend of ours tells the story of when his son, Kevin, was in the first grade. One day his teacher asked the class “What is the color of apples?” Most of the children answered red. A few said green. But Kevin raised is hand and said, “white.” The teacher tried to explain that apples […]