My Sermon for Kol Nidrei 5778

Good Yontev.  It’s really important to have friends who will call you out on your stuff.  For example, I know that I can always count on Aaron and David to come up to me after a sermon and call me out on my sesquipedalian tendencies.  “Sesquipe- what?”  I can already imagine them asking.  Sesqui, the…

My Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon 5778

Good Yontev.  I have never had as hard a time writing sermons for the High Holy Days as I have this year.  But my difficulties weren’t for my normal reason, that writing is easier when you actually have something to say.  Quite the opposite.  Have you ever gone to the cereal aisle in a grocery…

My Sermon Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778

Good Yontev.  If you have ever seen my Facebook postings, it will come as no surprise to you that I love the theater and I go to it a lot.  I love children’s theater.  I love regional theater.  I love experimental theater.  I really love Broadway roadshows.  I love it all.  Even the shows that…

High Holy Days Food Drive

Food Drive Schedule 09/21 – CFTY will distribute collection bags 09/22 – 09/30  – fill up your bags with shelf stable food items, toiletries or peanut butter and drop the bags off at Adat Chaverim 10/08 – 10 AM – Together will the 5th graders, let’s sort the collected items and load our truck. 10/08…

D’var Torah for Ki Tavo

There is an interesting ritual described towards the beginning of this week’s Torah Portion, Ki Tavo. Moses starts off by saying: ‘haskeit ushma Yisrael — be silent and hear, O Israel!’ Normally Moses would just jump in with ‘Shma Yisrael — hear, O Israel!’ But at this point, for the first time, Moses commands silence…

D’var Torah for Parashat Re’eh

I have begun to write Divrei Torah for the Texas Jewish Post and here is the one I wrote for this week. This week’s Torah Portion, Re’eh, has a dramatic beginning that always surprises me: “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse…” Well, if you’re going to put it that way, I…

August 8 – International Cat Day

My cat reminded me this morning that today is International Cat Day. While purring and rubbing itself against my legs it did not miss the moment I poured milk on my cereal and turned my back to the table. After all one has to celebrate in a way or another. Sources say that the International…

Yom Ha’Shoah – Never Forget

Every year we honor the six millions lost during the terrible times of the Holocaust. Never Forget ! This year our Yom Ha’Shoah commemoration will be very unique experience based on the Passover Seder. As we commemorate the memory of the lost and celebrate our survival we will be reading “Gathering from the Whirlwind” – a…

April 21 – Earth Day Shabbat

Join us for a Shabbat Service with special readings about nature and the environment. Celebrate Earth Day! This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen our individual roles as guardians of the earth by supporting environmental initiatives, planting trees or even tending a private garden. The Torah begins with a thorough description of creation, it shows…

Are Our Cell Phones Our Egypt?

Passover and the first and second night Seders just happened. We planned or attended a Seder, we reunited with family and friends, we told the story of exodus again, and we enjoyed symbolic food and a great dinner. When we counted the 10 plagues we placed a drop of wine in our plates for each…