Movement

About 500 years before the Parthenon was built, King Solomon constructed in Jerusalem a magnificent temple as the worship center of, and earthly abode for, the God of Israel. Our sacred temple was a massive undertaking requiring tens of thousands of labor ...

Thank you for listening

Maybe it's the radio, maybe the reception in our bedroom; we can get only pop stations on the bedside radio/alarm. Over time, we've gone through the top-40 choices we could get, moving up the patter/banter/humor levels from middle school to high school to ...

Timeless

For a number of years, I went through life without wearing a wristwatch, except as a decorative accessory on the rare occasion we went out to a classy affair. It wasn’t hard to get to that point: I was not comfortable with metal bands (concern about them ...

Close Encounters

Moshe espies a burning bush in the wilderness. Curious, Moshe approaches the bush. Adonai (God) calls out to him, "Do not come closer! Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground!" (exodus 3:5) It's a good ...

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 ...