Bring in the Light

Every Friday morning, Ellie and I “do Shabbat” with our preschoolers. The kids and teachers sit on a rug, we are on little-kid chairs. We have a routine that includes songs, a brief story, a word of Torah and a blessing. And, of course, grape juice and ch ...

Shira b’Tzibbur

The closest thing to shira b’tzibbur that I’ve experienced in the United States is when, during a wedding, bar mitzvah or the like, the band (or, more likely, the DJ) plays “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. Everyone joins in. With gusto! Shira b’tzibbur m ...

Moo! Pesach is Nigh!

Every week, Shabbat has consistent themes: respite from the quotidian, opportunity to connect with spirituality, tradition, sacred liturgy and text, with family, friends and community. Some weeks, Shabbat is enriched by specific themes:Shabbat Shira (Shab ...

Loving Ourselves

We had tried to sign up for a Friday slot at Mt Carmel Cemetery to help with the restoration of the toppled tombstones, but all the slots on all three days were filled. So, with a few others from the Shore community, I was at the rally in Philadelphia on ...

Moving Forward

After Tuesday’s election, half our country’s voters seem to be ecstatic and half appear to be morose, even angry. That would likely be the case no matter which major party candidate won.From the losing liberal side, we now hear a chorus of “We need a conv ...

Walking with God

As Torah tells it, the earliest humans’ years of life ranged from 365 (Enoch / Chanoch) to 969 (Methuselah / Metushelach). Enoch presents a challenge: He “walked with God” for 300 years and “all” his days were 365 years; at that point he again “walked wit ...