Rabbi’s Thoughts

God in hiding

Purim, that spring revel-of-a-holiday that is always touched with a suggestion of anarchy, falls on March 9/10 this year. If your memory needs refreshing, Purim brings us the story [...]

God in hiding2020-02-24T12:21:07-05:00

Chavurah @ FJC

Chavurah @ FJC Whenever I have the opportunity to engage new members of our congregation in conversation and I ask them what led them to join us, I am [...]

Chavurah @ FJC2020-01-27T14:25:46-05:00

“Beautiful Fool”

As January approaches each year, a song percolates up through my consciousness and I pull up on my computer, and listen to, several recorded versions of it . It [...]

“Beautiful Fool”2020-01-06T11:13:16-05:00

Nechemta (consolation)

The Shabbat following Tisha B’Av, that summer date commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, is known as “Shabbat Nachamu.” The name is taken from the opening word [...]

Nechemta (consolation)2019-11-18T14:42:31-05:00

Narrow Bridge

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772 - 1810) was the  great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. In his short life he became one of the most creative, influential and profound [...]

Narrow Bridge2019-10-25T08:59:25-04:00

The 11th Commandment

Describing Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (z”l), Krista Tippet, host of On Being, writes: “A mystic, a 20th-century religious intellectual, a social change agent, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside [...]

The 11th Commandment2019-09-10T14:58:50-04:00