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A Sabbath Message: Purim Part II – Hidden Heroes Behind the Scenes

“If you keep silent in this crisis, relief and deliverance may come to the Jews from another quarter, while you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows, perhaps you have attained your royal position for just such a moment.”

– The Book of Esther, 4:14

As you read this mes…

A Sabbath Message: Purim Part I – Remembrance Before Celebration

“To be a Jew is to be a link in the chain of the generations, a character in a drama that began long before we were born and will continue long after our death. Memory is essential to identity – so Judaism insists. To be a Jew is to know that the history of our people lives on in us.”

A Sabbath Message: Reflections on Black History Month

“Won’t it be wonderful when Black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.”

– Maya Angelou, American Poet (1928–2014)


As Sabbath approaches this week, I find myself reflecting on Black History M…

A Sabbath Message: The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness – only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate – only love can do that.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968)

As we await Sabbath’s blessed arrival this evening, many of us find the shock of last week’s violence still with us. I…

A Sabbath Message: Showing Up and Being Present in the New Year

“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees takes off his shoes.”
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Poet (1806–1861)

Sabbath arrives this week – and not a moment too soon it seems, after a most challenging and chaotic week for our nation.…