Passover: Fact or Fiction
Passover is definitely one of my favorite holidays. It’s generally observed at home – with friends and/or family. There are some delicious foods (macaroons, matzah ball soup!) and some less delicious foods (gefilte fish, horseradish!). It’s a holiday that asks us to be creative and to celebrate it in ways that are most meaningful to us.
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Philippe Petit – 40th Anniversary – A Rabbi’s Perspective
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Philippe Petit’s crossing of the World Trade Center on a high-wire. In 2011, my Kol Nidrei sermon was about Petit’s journey – and also about fear. In that sermon, I said, “all we need to do is turn on the news and see that we live in a scary world.” Those words ring even more true right now.
It was a sermon about preparing for the New Year. And Rosh Hashanah is fast approaching – (September 24). Here’s that “Embracing Fear” sermon on YouTube, in case you missed it.
Rabbi Gary Zola on We Called Him Rabbi Abraham
I recently had the privilege of interviewing Rabbi Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of the Jacob Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and a professor of the American Jewish experience at Hebrew Union College.
Rabbi Zola’s most recent book is We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History
. The book contains primary source documents as well as commentaries – and you can hear more about it in this video. Enjoy!