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01/18/2019 10:17:41 AM






My Derasha Topic in the Straus Main Sanctuary
this Shabbat Shirah Parshat Beshalach:

Moshe, MLK, and Moments of Inspiration

Last Week's Derasha
Parsha Questions from Last Year's Parent-Child Learning
MLK March on Monday
Closing Invocation from swearing-in of Mayor Michael Wildes
Dvar Torah from Last Board Meeting
Short Dvar Torah given to Moriah Middle Schoolers
Shiur on Emunah to Names Not Numbers Participants


My Derasha from this Past Shabbat, Parshat Bo: “To Be Continued…”

Though Parent-Child Learning is off this week during Yeshiva break, click here for some Questions from a previous year's seesion on Beshalach. 
    Upcoming Event this Monday: I look forward to marching with fellow Englewood residents and faith leaders to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I urge anyone who can to attend the March which starts from City Hall and help me represent our shul.

Our member, Michael Wildes, was sworn in once again as mayor of Englewood last week. I had the honor of offering the closing invocation. Click here for the text of the prayer I offered.

The Board of Trustees met last week to discuss revising the shul constitution. I used this opportunity to share an idea about the Biblical origins of constitutional governments and organizations.

When a student is assigned a project such as building a model of the planets, or an exploding volcano, or an invention for the Invention Convention, clearly the expectation is that their parents will do most of the work to make sure that the project is as good as it can be. Right? Click here to read the correct answer from a short Dvar Torah to Moriah Middle-Schoolers following Tefilah last week.

I was privileged to be invited by Mrs. Rachel Schwartz and Abby Herschmann to speak about Emunah after the Holocaust to the Moriah Eighth Graders participating the Names Not Numbers program. I drew upon Elie Wiesel’s ‘Trial of God’ and Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik’s ‘Fate and Destiny’ to discuss two important lessons. First, that faith in Hashem can exist alongside questions of Him and feelings of anger or confusion in the wake of terrible tragedy. Indeed, to turn towards God from any perspective (instead of away from God) is, in and of itself, an expression of faith. And second, that our tradition guides us how to respond to tragedy with action and not passivity. That in the wake of the Holocaust, we must develop ways to bring more light and more commitment to our faith. We discussed briefly the best example of this in the establishment of the State of Israel following the destruction of European Jewry. Click here for my source sheets.



Mon, December 6 2021 2 Tevet 5782