Category Archives: Uncategorized

Israel@70

The celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday last Wednesday night and Thursday fills us and Jews all over the world with pride and joy. Over the last 70 years no other country has faced so much demonization, so many attacks on its … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Liturgical Change at Temple Sinai

Tonight I want to share with you a liturgical change that is taking place in the Reform movement and here at Temple Sinai. The Mourners’ Kaddish is one of our most cherished prayers, a prayer that gives us great comfort. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Remembering Pastor Mac

When The Rev. Dr. Murdoch MacPherson, the senior pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence, unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, August 13, the Jewish people and Temple Sinai lost a great friend. Pastor Mac and I became dear friends … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Like So Many Jewish Generations Before You

On Sunday morning, August 6, Temple Emanuel removed its Torah scrolls from the ark. Please read the remarks I offered at this sad and mournful occasion. My dear friends I just returned on Friday afternoon from a 12 day congregational … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

What Does It Really Mean to Observe Passover?

What does it really mean to observe Passover? The answer is obvious. Observing Passover means to attend one or two seders. Observing Passover means to refrain from eating bread, pasta, and all the other foods prepared with the five prohibited … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What Does it Really Mean to Celebrate Chanukkah?

Ever since the mid-2nd century before the common era, the menorah has been Judaism’s premier symbol of hope. The reason is clear. The menorah’s light banishes winter’s darkness. The ritual of kindling one additional candle every night increases the light. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“FIRE DOES NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN JEWS AND ARABS

In case you didn’t know, the people of northern Israel suffered much trauma from 480 forest fires that burned for six days last week, forcing the evacuation from Haifa, Israel’s 3rd largest city, of 60,000+ people. Thankfully, no lives were … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment