From Our Rabbis

Turning Our Anger Into Something Productive

By Rabbi Jonathan Biatch

As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I think about a question, relevant to our times, that we can find in the book of Jonah, which many of us will read together on Yom Kippur.

Jonah, a most reluctant prophet, is commanded by God to prophesy against the s…

You Are The World

By Rabbi Mendel Matusof

There are many Jewish holidays celebrating the many aspects of our Jewish peoplehood. Our exodus from Egypt, receiving the Torah, traveling the desert, and being spared from our antisemitic enemies, to name a few.

Rosh Hashanah is the exception. Rosh Hashanah is a c…

Treating Each Other With Extraordinary Respect

By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

In “The Rabbi’s Gift,” Scott Peck tells a story about a monastery that had fallen on hard times. The building was crumbling, and the order was shrinking. Only five monks remained. A rabbi from a nearby town used to spend time meditating in a hut in a forest t…

Marcheshvan: A Holy Month of No “Holy Days”

By Rabbi Betsy Forester

We have just begun the Jewish month of Cheshvan. After an intense series of holy days and the special Shabbatot during and around them, we now fall into a month completely devoid of holidays. But let us not delude ourselves about the holiness of the days of the month…

The Communal Huddle

By Rabbi Avremel Matusof

I recall when playing sports as a child, we would have random team huddles in the middle of the game. Sometimes we discussed the next play, but more often, it was about getting pumped up for the win. In the real world, militaries have parades, corporations host asso…