Divrey Torah

"Why me?" All of us have tsores.  Sometimes, however, we feel our load of tsores is a bit more than we deserve.  "Why me," we ask, assuming that tsores gets doled out as a punishment, and that we do not deserve it. What if the tsores is...

I have heard a lot of talk about civil rights from those opposed to masks: parents “right” to choose whether to send their child in with a mask, the “right” to make my own health decisions, my “right” to send my child in with a...

Dear Friends, In the Monty Python film "Life of Brian," the main character ends the movie hung on a cross, singing "always look on the bright side of life."  It is of course absurd, making fun of the notion that we could always be chipper and...

Dear Friends, I am so pleased that the School Board last night chose to follow the CDC and medical professionals by bringing a mask mandate to the schools.  School Board members mentioned how many calls they had received; speaking up really does work. I was especially pleased...

Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke, Ya gotta understand: It's just our bringin' upke That gets us outta hand. Our mothers all are junkies, Our fathers all are drunks. Golly Moses, natcherly we're punks. In "Westside Story," members of a street gang use a variety of creative explanations for their criminal behavior: their dad...

As I write, it is hard to ignore the shock and horror of yesterday’s events. I have always believed we are a civil, respectful country. I pray that our country return to civility, fellowship, and peace, and that those who feel passionate learn restraint and...

For 91 years, Jacob struggled with people, tricking them, struggling to be on top.  Somehow, a night encounter changed him. On his way to seeing his brother Esau after 20 years, and scared that Esau still wants to kill him (Esau is, after all, accompanied by...

Dear friend, Please join us December 5th for a Shabbat morning program of music, Torah study, and friends!  I will lead our adult program of music, contemplation, and Torah study. Tanya will lead our fun and educational childrens' program, including singing, stories, activity, and edible art. Kiddush lunch...

Dear Friends, When Tanya and I lived in Brooklyn, the small corner store at the base of our building had a sign, "Best pizza in town!"  Considering how many places in New York sell pizza, I was impressed to be living right above such a culinary...

Dear Friends, When the Sha’agat Aryeh became rabbi of Melz, the town leaders enacted a new ordinance to enhance Jewish life in his honor. They decreed that instead of begging house to house, beggars would come to a central office and receive a stipend. They scheduled...