• Oct2021

    From the Rabbi’s Study  Indispensable in Our Small Parts  Humans seem to have evolved from common ancestors. Scientist point to homo habilus.“handy man,” and others that are part of the homo grouping, known for their brain size and structure, and their use of tools. Homo habilus existed between 1.4 million...

  • Sep2021

    Judge Joseph Franklin Rutherford¹ a major figure in the development of Jehovah’s Witnesses, preached the motto they quickly adopted: “Millions now living will never die.” One observer remarked, “Yes, but the tragedy is that millions now living are already dead but do not know it.” In line with this observer,...

  • Aug2021

    What Faith Cannot Do

    August 4, 2021

    The word faith is widely used as a synonym for “religion,” just as “spiritual” has become, for some, a replacement for “religious.” Thus we might refer to a Christian as a “member of the Christian faith.” A Jew is often described as belonging “to the Jewish faith.” Thus, “faith” and...

  • On Time: Young Enough and Old Enough Is time an ally or an antagonist? It depends. It depends upon how we look upon time and how we use it. Time has been called a thief. That designation offers some truth: Time robs us of our loved ones, steals the springs...

  • Jul2021

    Due to the global pandemic, the Jewish values of piku’ach nefesh, saving endangered lives, and sh’mirat hanefesh, protecting our own lives, rightly predominated. As a result, we’ve held services and classes on Zoom. As it turned out, Zoom was quite a blessing, enabling us to meet with one another, to...

  • From Blaze to Beauty

    July 17, 2021

    As we all think about the relaxation of mandatory pandemic restrictions and how that might affect us, I noticed that outdoor concerts are starting to resume within the State of Israel at Sultan’s Pool, an ancient water basin in the Valley of Hinnom by the west side of Mount Zion...

  • The books of Joshua and Judges offer two competing views of how Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel) was conquered in biblical times. The book of Joshua argues that the conquest by those who entered the land after our people’s 40 years of wandering was rather efficient, quick, and complete....

  • This month we shall observe Yom HaShoah, the day of remembrance of those who perished in the Holocaust at the hands of Europe. This past September the results of a survey conducted about the Holocaust were released. I have mentioned this from the pulpit, and I am still unsettled about...