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Is Your Judaism Portable?

A colleague, Rabbi Jonathan Gross served as a rabbi in Omaha, Nebraska for close to a decade. Nebraskans, as you may know, take their football and their home team – the Huskers – very [...]

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Imagine: John Lennon and Jewish Universalism

Growing up, John Lennon was a major part of my life. By the time I was twelve I knew most of the Beatles songs – their music, lyrics and all of Ringo’s drum solos. My favorite Beatle was [...]

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Returning Lost Property…and Fellow Jews

On the night before Passover, Rabbi Akiva Males, a young rabbi in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was absorbed in the mitzvah of Bedikat Chametz(searching for the Chametz) in his shul. While [...]

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Regaining Nuance in a Cancel Culture

Last week on Chanukah, one of my students asked me a very good question: “Rabbi, why do we celebrate the Maccabees each year on this holiday? I know they saved the Jews from the Greeks, but [...]

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The True Meaning of Chanukah

A few years back The New York Times published a disturbing opinion column by Michael David Lukas called “The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah.” There was a lot wrong with the article, but it [...]

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Appreciating the Unexpected: A Thanksgiving Message

One of the books celebrity and actor Michael J. Fox wrote was called: “Lucky Man.” Why would someone afflicted with a debilitating disease like Parkinson’s write a book called “Lucky Man”? [...]

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Hearing Each Other: Lessons from a Spiritual Giant

The moment Shabbat was out, I got the news. Not the news that Biden had won the election, but that Rabbi Jonathan Sacks had passed away. I was shocked. I knew the rabbi was battling cancer, and [...]

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Keeping Your Faith During the Election

The acrimonious exchange during the Presidential debate – and the various media outlet’s take on the Trump/Biden exchange – has left many feeling like there is no longer respect in our society [...]

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The Greatness that Lies Within

At the age of 57, Rachamim Cohen seemed to have a great life.  He was the father of six beautiful children and a proud grandfather, held a Ph.D. in Special Education, worked in a senior position [...]

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