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Reconciliation – Yom Kippur 5778

11/13/2017 04:23:21 PM


Yom Kippur is all about Receiving Torah

You may recall a pivotal incident from our Tradition. It’s most clearly visualized in Cecil B DeMille’s, “The 10 Commandments”. I’ll set the scene for you. At God’s inspiration and command, our ancestors are raised out of slavery by Moses. They are led and brought through the red sea and the wilderness. Eventually our people arrive at the foot of Mt. Sinai and camp for an indefinite...Read more...

Forgiveness – Rosh Hashanah Day 2 5778

09/16/2017 04:22:35 PM


Decades ago the Nazi hunter and author Simon Wiesenthal wrote The Sunflower. It’s a scenario of an S.S. officer on his deathbed begging for forgiveness from a Holocaust victim.  The officer was sincere in his regret, but the victim could only offer him silence. Weisenthal ponders, “…Ought I to have forgiven him? 

Today the world demands that we forgive and forget heinous crimes committed against us. It urges that...Read more...

Making an Apology – Rosh Hashanah Day 1 5778

09/15/2017 04:21:37 PM


As you may know, Tamar and I have been blessed with two young and rambunctious boys. We’re at a stage now where both of them have their own distinct personalities and habits. More often than not they are getting in the way of one another. Someone is either playing with someone else’s toys, or pushing the other one out of the way. In the worst-case scenario, one of them is pushing the other and then stealing their toy. 

In our...

Taking Care of the Wheat – Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778

09/14/2017 04:19:52 PM


There was once a farmer who had three children. Before she went on a long journey, the farmer called to her children to speak with them. “While I’m away”, she said, “I’m entrusting each of you with a third of the wheat harvest we have taken in. The one who can best care for the wheat while I’m away will inherit this whole farm.” 

So the farmer went off for some time. But when she returned she called to her children....Read more...

Hatzar Ha/Mavet – The Courtyard of the Dead. – YK 2016 – 5777 – Rabbi Noam Raucher

09/14/2016 03:29:21 PM


In 2005 I entered rabbinical school at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Bel Air. Immediately my class built friendships and lifelong bonds with one another. Along the way one of our classmates, Joel Shickman, was diagnosed with Luekemia at the age of 37.

Despite all our efforts, love and organizing, Joel lost his battle to cancer 8 months after his diagnosis. He left behind a loving wife and 3 beautiful children. Shortly...Read more...

Wed, August 21 2019 20 Av 5779