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....

It was on this day one year ago that I first suggested to you a new reading of the story of the prophet Jonah. I proposed that maybe we need to interpret his story in a different way from the traditional story that we are so accustomed to hear. I submitted that we coul...

The traditional reading from the Torah for Shachrit of Yom Kippur is from Leviticus chapter 16. It discusses the way to make atonement, a process which we shall still attend to as the service reaches Mosaf. The Council of Reform and Progressive Rabbis in Israel (Maram)...

Yom Kippur has engulfed Israel. A twenty five hours’ fast is ahead of us. Some of it we shall be spending in our synagogue, some of it at home, some of that time sleeping in the hope that daylight will not jump upon us too early. When we gather again for Shachrit, most...

We are just about the end. Moses admits, “I am a hundred and twenty years old today; I am no longer able to come and go” and therefore it is time to finish up and change the leadership. At this opportunity Moses orders, “At the end of seven years, at the time of the ye...

The Torah provides a realistic view of the world. A view that claims that the blessings and the curses come hand-in-hand. “So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you” – is what we read in the porti...

This week’s reading portion of the Torah includes, in Deuteronomy chapter 28, blessings and curses even though there does not seem to be a logical proportion between the two. “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His comman...

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