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January 22, 2020

Sermon Shabbat Shmot 5780

Congregation Beit Simcha, Tucson, Arizona

You may be aware of the tendency of Jews who immigrated to America to change their names, particularly last names.  Greenberger became Green; Katznelson became Katz, or sometimes Nelson; Beilin became Be...

January 14, 2020

Torah Talk on Shmot 5780

This week’s parashah happens to be my personal favorite section, the portion of Shmot, beginning of the book of Exodus, because it was my own bar mitzvah portion.  As you know, we chant the entire Torah over the course of a year in the synagogue...

January 11, 2020

Sermon Shabbat Vayechi 5780

Congregation Beit Simcha, Tucson, AZ

What an adventurous beginning this new secular year has had!  First, the main story was the continuing rise of violent Anti-Semitism, with recent horrible attacks on Jews in synagogues, kosher markets and a...

January 8, 2020

Torah Talk on Vayechi 5780

As a child who grew up with severe progressive myopia, I often wondered just what true vision was.  While my terrible eyesight was fortunately correctible with contacts and glasses, I was always acutely aware of the fact that human vision can...

January 7, 2020

Sermon Parshat Vayigash, Congregation Beit Simcha, Tucson, Arizona

Tonight is the very first Shabbat service in the new sanctuary of our third temporary home for Congregation Beit Simcha, a time for another Shehecheyanu: Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam—shehech...

December 31, 2019

Sermon Shabbat Hanukkah Mikets 5780

Congregation Beit Simcha, Tucson, AZ

How many of you have personally experienced the midnight sun, those days in the farthest reaches of the north near the Arctic Circle, in say, Alaska or Scandinavia, where the nights basically disapp...

December 27, 2019

Torah Talk on Mikets 5780

Once there was a Chasid who was afraid of the dark.  “Tell me, Rebbe,” the Chasid asked, “How can I chase the darkness from the world?”

So, the Rabbi sent the Chasid into the deep darkness of the shul’s basement.  Handing him a broom he said, “G...

December 23, 2019

Sermon, Shabbat Vayeshev 5780

Congregation Beit Simcha, Tucson, AZ

December 20, 2019

I don’t know how many of you spend time viewing the parody versions of popular songs for Hanukkah on YouTube.  This is not exactly a noble pursuit, but it is a highly entertaining one.  T...

December 16, 2019

Torah Talk on Parshat Vayeshev 5780

In a change of pace and literary emphasis, Joseph will become the principal character of the last four weekly Torah portions in Genesis.  Joseph’s story is a more complete narrative than any that has preceded it.  This forms a develop...

December 15, 2019

Sermon Shabbat Vayishlach 5780

Congregation Beit Simcha, Tucson, AZ

Near the beginning of our Torah portion of Vayishlach this week, Jacob has his name changed.  At the end of the great wrestling match which SD has addressed so movingly tonight, the angel or human oppone...

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