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Shabbat in Pesakh II: Bring Your Memory

Holidays are special. Families gather, or they don’t, and either way, the past is more present with us. Pesakh occurs during the full moon and, like the ocean under that same moon, the tides of life grow more intense. 513 more words

Kwibuka and Yizkor: In the Shadow of Two Genocides

“‘And this also,’ said Marlow suddenly, ‘has been one of the dark places of the earth.'”

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

“Some days circle and circle,  1,055 more words


The Sluice

Paul Celan

Over all this
grief of yours: no
second heaven


To a mouth
for which it was a thousandword
lost —
I lost a word…

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Shabbat Zakhor: Remember? then Do Something

This Shabbat, on which we read the first words of the book VaYikra, called Leviticus, is also called Zakhor, “remember”. 

For Jews, to remember is to do. 639 more words

Memory and Compassion - Shemini Atzeret / Yizkor 5776

This is a day of memory, a day when we recall those who shaped us, who gave our lives meaning by their presence and wisdom and love. 1,705 more words


Yizkor: Singing While Mourning

As we prepare to recite Yizkor, I want to dedicate this d’var Torah to the memory of the recent victims of terror in Israel.  While there have unfortunately been several victims and several attacks, the murder last week of Rabbi Eitam and Na’ama Henkin have hit home.  1,321 more words


SERMON: Water Water Everywhere ... Not Really!

Today I want to take back something I’ve said to you countless times on this day of Shemini Atzeret. So many sermons I delivered on this day began by pointing out that this festival of Shemini Atzeret is very strange. 79 more words