Rabbi | Adath Israel

Don’t tame the Leopard

Main idea: teshuvah is a dual process, looking inward and outward; getting rid of the things we detest Franz Kafka has a two-sentence short story. It goes like this: “One day, a leopard stalked into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it...

Kol Nidrei – thoughts

Main idea: the greatest thing in the world is to do someone else a little favor / the power of words Welcome everyone to our Kol Nidrei Services. I want to thank everyone who has been instrumental on giving us this possibility. Even though we are socially distanced...

Rosh Hashanah 5781 ~ Day 2 ~ Thoughts

Main idea: our tradition has a framework about idolatry that can be helpful for us to understand how to deal with the question of Confederate statues in America – arrogance and anger RH is the day when we talk about sins. One of the greatest sins in Torah is...

Rosh Hashanah 5781 ~ Evening 2 ~ Thoughts

Main idea: lessons from zochreinu lechayim, remember us for life, the basic add-on for the ten days of teshuvah, repentance     Shanah tovah! Welcome to our second night of Rosh Hashanah, led by Cantor Axelrod. I want to thank her for being with us, and for...