Archive for September, 2008

It's Selichot already…

September 20, 2008

Today is the 21st of Elul; most Ashkenazi Jews started reciting Selichot (penitential prayers preparatory for the High Holidays) this evening, after the end of Shabbat. It registered on my consciousness that it was Elul a few weeks ago when we celebrated Rosh Chodesh.  But I was very busy with travel, meetings, etc.  And...
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Aliyah dreams and realities…

September 19, 2008
Aliyah dreams and realities…

Last week I spoke at Congregation Beth Jacob in the San Francisco Bay Area, a place that played a huge role in my spiritual journey from totally secular to observant lay person to rabbi.  I was in the US for about ten days on a trip that combined work, rabbinic work, and visiting family...
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