Rabbi’s Thoughts2018-09-04T16:34:23+00:00


In the dark, kindling light…

In the dark, kindling light... On Monday evening, October 29, hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil on Falmouth’s Village Green in response to the murder of eleven Jewish worshipers at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh two days earlier. Introducing that vigil, I spoke these words: “To [...]

November 20th, 2018|

A Jewish Journey

Through the decades that I have worked as a rabbi, some of my deepest satisfactions have come from the interactions I have had with individuals who sought to become Jews and with whom I was privileged to study and learn. In every instance, I have been given the gift [...]

October 30th, 2018|

October Musings

October Ted Kooser (from At Home, a chapbook) First one leaf yellows, loosens, falls and from the hole it fell from leaks a drop of cold, and then another and another and another till the twigs are black with cold against the blue, and with stiff fingers those bare [...]

October 11th, 2018|

Hyperdrive sensations

If you have ever seen any of the more popular science fiction television shows or movies of the past few decades (think Star Trek and Star Wars and their innumerable sequels and prequels), than you can probably summon up in your minds eye the image of what happens when a spaceship engages its [...]

August 11th, 2018|


With apologies to William Shakespeare’s Richard III, “Now is the summer of my discontent.....” Yes, I know that I have yanked that phrase out of its context and muddled Gloucester’s meaning, but the phrase captures so perfectly the emotional climate I have been experiencing these past few months: discontent...sadness.....despair....anger....vexation. [...]

July 23rd, 2018|