Herzl said: if you will it, it is no dream. For two thousand years in our hearts and prayer books we held the hope, the dream, of a restored Israel. There is a yearning for Israel felt in Rabbinic literature, a sense that we are out of our homes and that God will bring us … Continue reading Redreaming Israel
I got back last week from an interfaith clergy trip to Israel. I have a lot to share about the experience and what I learned. I must say that travelling with Christian clergy greatly enriched my experience. Christians are quicker to look for God in their travel and study. They more naturally talk the language … Continue reading Redreaming
I spent Wednesday in Santa Rosa helping the Jewish community there and learning from first responders about the situation. I wanted to share a few observations: 1. Kol Emeth is an amazing community. Rabbi Graff, who organized the day, sent out a call for food and supplies. We were quickly oversubscribed. Dozens made food for … Continue reading Thoughts from Santa Rosa
Come to Simchat Torah! If you do one new Jewish thing this Tishrei, make it coming to Simchat Torah on Friday, October 13th. Simchat Torah, especially at Kol Emeth, is wonderful, fun, spiritual, crazy and just a great time. Let me give you three good reasons to make time in your schedule to spend a … Continue reading Come to Simchat Torah!
I looked at Facebook yesterday morning and saw this message from my friend Felipe Goodman, a Rabbi in Las Vegas. I hadn’t read the news yet, so his posting caught me off guard. Dear Friends; We are all horrified and shocked by the events that took place last night in our city. Many of us … Continue reading Shooting in Vegas