80 years ago today…

80 years ago today, we awoke to a nightmare – if we ever went to sleep at all.  80 years ago today, any one who closed their eyes to the increasing hate that filled Greater Germany saw the broken glass of their synagogues, shops and homes and could no longer deny the darkness and hate that pervaded society.  We used to call this day Kristallnacht – the night of broken…

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Our greatest fears realized…

Our greatest fears realized. Our greatest fears so terrorizing that we never utter them out loud. What if during our prayers, during our simchas (our celebrations), during our Sabbath morning…

Unexpected Grief

I had an unexpected moment of grief this summer. Of course, all grief is unexpected. We don’t know when it will hit or how we will react or how long…

So why do we fast on Yom Kippur?

To follow in the footsteps of our parents and grandparents. To affirm our connection with our community and our people. To afflict our souls. To be moved to repentance. To…