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Happiness & Hardships

Happiness and hardship- most chapters in life contain a bit of both.  Moses begins one of his final addresses to the children of Israel in the most unusual way: Read More  ➔

Clergy

I Am a Lucky Man

At the end of June, I will be concluding my service at Washington Hebrew and officially retiring. I’m so fortunate to have served this Congregation for one-third of my life (I’m planning to live at least until 90).Read More  ➔

Leadership

A Time for Change

Six letters have taken hold of our lives and our world. I am sure some of you are thinking that I cannot count, because surely it is only five letters that dominate our days: C-O-V-I-D. But in my view, the pandemic is merely an agent; ultimately, it does not and will not define us. The six letters that I believe have become central to daily life and fundamental to our future are C-H-A-N-G-E.   Read More  ➔

Clergy

Are You Listening?

The time we are now living in calls to mind another time of national upheaval some three thousand years ago in the land of Israel. Upon entering the Promised Land, our ancestors were subjugated and oppressed by the brutal Philistines for forty years. Amidst their suffering, this week’s haftarah portion tells the birth of the mighty Samson and how he shall be the first to deliver Israel from the Philistines.Read More  ➔

Clergy, Faith In Action

When We Wear Orange This Weekend

The Talmud teaches us in Mishnah Sanhedrin (4:5) that, “one who takes a single life it is as though they have destroyed the entire world, and one who saves a single life it is as though they have saved the entire world.”Read More  ➔