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Rosh Hashanah Sermon - Strength of Spirit

09/24/2020 02:01:12 PM


2020 may have been the toughest year any of us have ever faced. The pandemic has surely presented all of us with unique trials and challenges. However, this does not mean that it was a year devoid of learning.  In a year that would otherwise have been intolerable, I can say that I have learned or come to deepen my own understanding of certain aspects of life.  For these high holy days, I would like to share with you what I have...Read more...

Rosh Hashanah Sermon - Bravery

09/24/2020 01:57:28 PM


Humans like God are story tellers. As Elie Wiesel phrased it, “God created persons because he loves tales.” We as humans take the events of our life and we create multiple narratives – sometimes complementing one another, sometimes conflicting. The story we tell at any one moment shapes who we are as spiritual beings and gives meaning to who we are as a community, or as a people. A story can unite or divide us, depending on how it is...Read more...

A Suggestion for Compassion

09/04/2020 10:59:41 AM


I hope you are all doing well as we gear up to high holy days.  I know these past months have been hard on everyone.  This year’s high holidays will be unique for sure, but not unprecedented.  By that I mean while there has never been a zoom-centered high holy day experience, this is not the first time our people have experienced difficult times.  However, throughout our history the Jewish people have responded to...Read more...

What it Means to be Brave

08/28/2020 02:27:12 PM


The word brave gets bandied about quite a lot.  It is used so often and in so many situations it becomes unclear what truly being brave means or looks like.  This past week I believe we witnessed a true act of bravery in sports as teams across the NBA and MLB chose to forfeit their games and not play.  They did this to bring attention and pressure to the atrociously unjust shooting of a black man in the back...Read more...

White Fragility

08/21/2020 02:19:26 PM


This past week we entered the Jewish month of Elul.  As we enter Elul, we use this month as a time of self-reflection and soul searching of our actions.  It is a period to prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days. The Maharal of Prague said this about the month of Elul, “All the month of Elul, before eating and sleeping, a person should look into his soul and search his deeds, that he may make confession.”

This...

Learning to Live Underwater

08/14/2020 12:34:26 PM


Rabbi Bruce Block shared the following joke on the CCAR Facebook page and gave me permission to share it with all of you.  However, it is not the joke but his message that I really want us to learn from. 

First the joke:

There's a very old joke. [How old is it? Henny Youngman told it as a boy, around the campfire, when we were all living in caves.] Scientists have determined that the world is going to be...Read more...

None of Us is Alone

07/24/2020 11:45:41 AM


Last week at Friday night services we talked about where we are two months after George Floyd’s murder. For those unable to make it, I thought I would share what I said to open the service.


Tonight we are going to reflect on where we are two...Read more...

A Shark in the Water

07/17/2020 10:23:01 AM


Recently I was listening to the podcast Unspooled where they are reviewing the top 100 movies of the AFI top 100 list. The episode I listened to last week was about the film Jaws. The host of the show drew a comparison between the fight between the sheriff and the mayor to what was going on today between people who are wearing masks and social distancing and those who are refusing to do so.



07/10/2020 12:46:26 PM


Before I get to this week’s Shabbat message I wanted to say two things:

1. Thank you to all who answered our survey about the High Holy Days. This year’s service will be streamed on Zoom, but with your feedback we will ensure a meaningful and spiritual service. For those who would still like to answer the survey, here are the questions:

What are the moments in the...

Message from Rabbi Micah

06/26/2020 01:52:29 PM


This past week in Lunch and Learn we finished our study of the book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is known as a part of the wisdom literature of the Bible. Our purpose in studying this book for the past two months was to see what wisdom it could present to us on how to deal with our current situation.


In the end, one of the...

Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781