Archive for August, 2009

Ki Tetze 5769 — Tradition and Change in Delhi

August 29, 2009
Ki Tetze 5769 — Tradition and Change in Delhi

**This D’var Torah was presented at the Judah Hyam Synagogue in New Delhi, India, on August 28, 2009 If the Torah is eternal, how can our practice of Judaism legitimately change? An article on the Kulanu web site about your community mentions how not so long ago the community decided to count women for...
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It is I, your brother Mohamed…

August 28, 2009
It is I, your brother Mohamed…

What if the whole Israeli – Palestinian conflict was all just the result of a big misunderstanding? Isn’t that the ever present liberal hope?  There really is no evil, there’s just misunderstanding?  If you really knew me, you couldn’t possibly hate me, and we’d all get along? I have written before (parshat Ki Tisa...
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Return Again — Neshama Carlebach

August 19, 2009

What a great way to start the High Holiday preparation season — the very first piece of music I heard on Rosh Chodesh Elul was Neshama Carlebach singing her father's song (Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, z"l) "Return Again."  The video is NOT of her performance this evening in Jerusalem — it's a performance in Amsterdam...
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Why I Love Living in Israel, Continued…

August 17, 2009

Another in my series of "why I love living in Israel."  In the last four days I have: Participated in an interfaith conference in the West Bank and discussed Moses with a Palestinian geologist.  A rabbi who volunteers with the Border Police was another participant, along with a former Israeli ambassador to an African country....
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National Brotherhood Week?

August 10, 2009

How do I hate thee?  Let me count the ways… Every Saturday afternoon when I recite the special prayer we only say that time of the week, when I come to the line "who is like your people Israel, one nation in the land?" it makes me feel like stopping and crying.  Or laughing. ...
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