October 18, 2016

Ufros Aleinu Sukkat shalom

Shalom Chaverim— Yay!! Sukkot is here, our season of cool, Jewish, backyard fort life.  I love that a sukkah isn’t kosher unless it is flimsy, temporary and has a roof holey enough that you can...


October 14, 2016

Maggid’s musings: The week Shabbat Ha’azinu

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim, This week’s Torah portion, Ha’azinu, is the penultimate parasha in our annual reading cycle. It marks an extraordinary transformation in Moses—a shift that is signaled even in the way the text is...


October 09, 2016

The Black Moon of Beginning

(This is the text from a drash Maggid Jhos delivered at our Rosh Hashanah service, Tuesday October 2nd 2016) Our community has suffered many losses this year. I dedicate my teaching tonight to you whose lives and families...


July 22, 2016

Middah of the month – August – Yirah

The experience of awe so profound that it can be accompanied by a kind of fear. This is sometimes felt as a shift in foreground/background, or a shift in a sense of scale. “An inward,...