Yom Kippur 2019 – awe, fear, and sanctity shattered

Yom Kippur is the most solemn day of the Jewish year. Even I, as a rabbi, addicted to her cell phone, set it aside to immerse myself in fasting and prayer interspersed with teaching and preaching. Midday, I raced to visit a Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz and the death marches, Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz, 97, who lives less than a mile away from Temple. Susan sat in our pews for every…

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On this holy day, a confessional for all

[Published as an Op-Ed in the Charlotte Observer on Yom Kippur, October 9, 2019] Tonight starts Yom Kippur – a time that Jews across the globe spend in fasting, prayer,…

I Do Not Sew – A Yizkor (Memorial) Drash

I do not sew. Sewing and cooking – some of the traditional aspects of being a homemaker – are not my forte. I am envious of those who do it…

9/11 – Where do we find faith?

[A reflection for a faculty meeting at Queens University of Charlotte.] Today is 9/11. Our Freshman were born the year of the 9/11 tragedy. Our sophomores, juniors and seniors were…

El Paso, Dayton, your town, my town

El Paso, Dayton,your town, my town. The El Paso Del Sol Trauma Medical Director said:β€œIt was a long night and long day.” I would add –it has been a long…