Finding the courage to face the unknown and chart the future

Posted on June 12th, 2015 in

Published in the J Weekly of June 11, 2015 This week’s Torah portion, which contains the episode of the 12 spies and its aftermath, presents two distinct and problematic responses to moments of crisis. In the first instance — Israel’s initial response to the report of the spies — the failure lies in the human desire to […]

Sound of silence is a gift that lets us tune in to the Divine

Posted on April 17th, 2015 in

Published in the J Weekly of April 16, 2015 At times, silence is just a sensory experience, one devoid of any sound. At other times, however, silence speaks louder than words. For a moment, consider Aaron’s silence in this week’s Torah portion. As you might recall, Aaron turns silent upon hearing the tragic news of […]

Torah Hypocrites May Also Seek Path to Redemption

Posted on February 27th, 2015 in

Published  in the J Weekly of February 19, 2015 Do hypocrites deserve a place in our midst? We are often profoundly disturbed when the well-groomed, “clean” public image of a political figure, a communal leader — even an athlete, news anchor or movie star — is shattered. We find ourselves vexed by the distance between what […]

Words That Hunt and Words That Hurt

Posted on November 20th, 2014 in

Published in the J Weekly of October 23, 2014 Noach Genesis 6:9-11:32 Isaiah 66:1-24 With the November elections coming up, I couldn’t help but think of Nimrod as the world’s first political figure. Like a well-run campaign, the Torah offers a biography of this rising star, detailing his background, pedigree and vocation: “Cush [the son […]

Community Gathering for Tragedy In Jerusalem, November 18

Posted on November 20th, 2014 in

Dear CBI Family, The news from Jerusalem this morning breaks our hearts. The lives of four Jews were shattered in the midst of their prayers – violently taken away from this world as they were reciting the Amidah. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Rabbis Moshe Twersky, Arye Kupinsky and Kalmen Levin, […]

A Letter to Isaac

Posted on September 24th, 2014 in

Published in the Times of Israel on September 23, 2014 On Rosh Hashanah, many years ago, Abraham took his son, his only son, the one whom he loved, as we read in the Torah, to the place that God had shown him. The image of a father binding his son, his own son, a mere child, […]

Personal & Communal Growth

Posted on September 24th, 2014 in

My Dear Beth Israel Family, Tonight our CBI Family will gather in Beth Israel, our spiritual Home, to mark the beginning of the New Year. During this sacred time, I hope each of you will join me on a journey of exploration, introspection, and transformation. This year in particular, through the themes of my drashot, […]