There’s something about buying a new house that leads to a spending spree. First, you want to fix everything the previous owners ignored. Once you get over ripping the walls and plumbing apart, you want to have the right furniture and appliances. Not to mention window coverings, rugs, and just the right metallic toned garbage … Continue reading A Year of Release
As many of you know, I had a pretty good tumble on my bicycle a couple of weeks ago. I was biking to minyan Thursday morning and a cable got stuck in my front spoke. The bike immediately came to a stop and I didn’t. I landed on the ground pretty hard. I was knocked … Continue reading Keep Your Helmet On!
Wednesday is Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. On that day, we celebrate the miracle that is Israel. This year in particular we must celebrate the great blessing that is Israel precisely because of all the current struggle and strife. We will read the Haftorah of Rosh Khodesh this Shabbat and Isaiah’s words have a lot … Continue reading Celebrating Israel
It was Yom HaShoah. That’s what shocks me. On a day of mourning and loss, Cho Seung-Ho took up an assault rifle and began shooting at Virginia Tech. He killed 32 people and then committed suicide in the deadliest campus shooting in United States history. On Yom HaShoah, a day that reminds us of senseless … Continue reading Tragedy in Virginia
The historical events celebrated at Passover are used only as an example. There are other stories, some personal, some national, that would have illustrated the existence of hope just as well. Passover is a promise. Passover teaches: even when all seems lost and dark, God’s existence means that there is still hope. Even the narrow … Continue reading A Prayer for Freedom