this week we viewed with excitement as kings, princes, prime ministers and presidents that made their way to participate in the events of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that took place in Jerusalem, hosted by president Rivlin. Moving speeches were delivere...

Welcome to the book of Exodus, known in Hebrew as the Book of Names, Shemot, the book were a family becomes tribes and tribes become a nation. To go through this transformation the participants must experience a process of internalization of their situation and the nee...

Three stories of life and death are at the core of our readings this week from the Torah and the Haftarah. We read about Jacob, Joseph and David. We have explicit information about how long Jacob lived, “the length of Jacob’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years....

These are turbulent times for the State of Israel, now that its prime minister has been indicted by the attorney general and his decision to seek immunity. By law a member of Knesset has the right of doing so and the prime minister is not different. Certainly every per...

The weekly reading of the Torah and the Haftarah provides speakers with endless opportunities to delve into the ancient scripts in many different ways and forms. It is an opportunity to investigate them once again from different angles and perspectives. This week’s rea...

Today, despite the temptation to deal with Sarah’s life, I will deal instead with two elderly men, just about to finish their respective historical tasks. They are referred to similarly. We read in the Torah that, “Now Abraham was old, advanced in age” and in the Hafta...

We all know the story so well. Abraham sits in his tent and sees in the distance three people. He calls them to join him and prepares a feast. After asking where his wife was they respond, “‘I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wif...

Destruction using water, the source of life, is the foundation of Noah’s story. The land is now full of sin and the result will be “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them wi...

Last Wednesday evening entailed for me a moving event where the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism was so kind to host an event to celebrate my departure from the position of chairperson as well as the launch of the book of a collection of my sermons de...

It is time to close. In a short while we will conclude our Yom Kippur services for the year 5780 and go back to the routine of the Jewish calendar. This is our last opportunity for joy on this special day. A festival the center of which is a twenty five hour long fast....

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