Jewish Holidays

God Will Gather Me In

Rosh Hashanah 5768 (Day 2) Shmuel Herzfeld   I happened to notice a sign on the street advertising that Bob Dylan will be performing in concert in DC in two weeks. Of course, I sent him an invitation to join us for a meal in our Sukkah. ...

 

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5771

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5771

In a fascinating book entitled How God Changes Your Brain, Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg tells us that if we add spiritual practices to the daily activities of our lives, we will enhance the neural functioning of the brain AND “improve our...

 

Taking a Stand

Yom Kippur Morning  September 18, 2010 / 10 Tishrei, 5771 Rabbi Charles K. Briskin   There’s a brief but memorable scene in the 1980 movie comedy, Airplane. The flight attendant, Elaine, asks an elderly woman if she’d like something...

 

Rosh Hashanah Evening 5768

Temple Beth Zion Buffalo, New York Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld   Throughout our Torah, God exhorts us to remember those among us, either least able to care for themselves or easiest for us to forget. Over and over the Torah reminds us to, in...

 

Reform Judaism at 200

Reform Judaism at 200

Rosh Hashanah 5771/2010 Rabbi Kenneth Milhander   Rabbis Levy, Samuel, and Kosiner were “progressive” Reform rabbis and were talking one day about the recent advances made by their synagogues.  Rabbi Levy said, “We’re very modern –...

 

Happy Is The One…

ROSH HASHANAH EVENING 5768 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy This evening I wish you “L’Shanah Tovah”, while in English we say Happy New Year.” These are not exactly the same. “L’Shanah tovah” implies all will be well, but also that you...

 

The Bridge To Forgiveness

The Bridge To Forgiveness

Yom Kippur Eve- 5768 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy   My dear friends, the plaintive call of Kol Nidre reaches out to us, as we entreat God to forgive us for all that we have done wrong in the year gone by. At the same time we are called to be...

 

From A Mother To Her Girls

Yom Kippur Yizkor 5768 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy   This day of Yom Kippur is intended to help us grow as human beings, created in God’s image. We do this by introspection, evaluating how true we have been to the values instilled within...

 

In The Footsteps Of The Prophets

YOM KIPPUR MORNING 5768 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy             This morning I want to tell you about some real people whom I have met in recent days. I think of them as “mitzvah heroes.” Some are even seated on our pulpit this morning....

 

Passover And The Presidential Race

April 18, 2008 By Rabbi Robert H. Loewy At Purim time we had lots of fun this year. In our Purim spiel, with tongues firmly planted in cheek we connected Esther with Clinton, Obama with Haman, Mordecai with Huckabee, and Achashveros with McCain....