Entries by Philip Weintraub

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: How will you face tomorrow?

RH Day 2 5778 2017 Rosh Hashanah Sep 22, 2017 Rabbi Philip Weintraub Congregation Agudas Israel No matter if you’re born To play the King or pawn For the line is thinly drawn ‘tween joy and sorrow So my fantasy Becomes reality And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow So I’ll […]

Rosh Hashanah day 1

RH Day 1 5778 2017 Rosh Hashanah Sep 21, 2017 Rabbi Philip Weintraub Congregation Agudas Israel A few weeks ago, our nation was seemingly united. All around the country people were making plans for a big event. People drove hundreds of miles to find the perfect spot. They woke up early, with tremendous enthusiasm to […]

Rosh Hashanah is coming, but first Selichot!

Sephardic Jews begin their preparations for Rosh Hashanah when Elul begins.  In addition to the daily blasts of the shofar, they begin waking up early and reciting Selichot, prayers of forgiveness and atonement.  They ask the Holy One to remember Her conversation with Moshe after the golden calf, to remember the 13 attributes of mercy, […]

Babka!

Thanks to Sharon Sarna for joining us and the Jewish Federation Of Greater Orange County for sponsoring. We are learning about babka! What a delicious way to spend the afternoon. Some of the lessons we learned, with amazing photos can be found on Amazon: Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels and More Important lesson-buy high […]

Inclusion is a Jewish Value

This morning I studied Mishnah Rosh Hashanah at my favorite local cafe– 2Alices Coffee shop.  I met friends from our community and around the county to discuss Torah and think about the upcoming holidays.  Of course, every Tuesday when we meet our conversation expands beyond the texts, but sometimes I am struck by the depth […]

Elul continued

Every day is a winding road, said Sheryl Crow and the Beatles.   Life changes in ways we are never quite prepared for. As a hurricane visits friends and family, making their lives more challenging, it reminds us of the hurricanes we have overcome.   When tragedy strikes what do we do? Do we hide […]

Elul, Again.

Elul is upon us.  Rosh Hashanah is a month away.  Rabbis are frantic.  Cantors are frantic.  What about you? What does this time mean for you?  Is it a time when you reflect on the year that has been?  Or is it just another month? Do you plan for the future?  Do Chesbon hanefesh/an accounting of […]

The true meaning of Shabbat

We are blessed to be having company for Shabbat dinner this week.  We will be asking our guests questions as part of https://onetable.org/togetheratthetable/ We will find a positive spin on the craziness that has been this week.  Shabbat is a gift to us.  It is an opportunity to be apart rather than a part of the regular […]

Hate here? Now?

Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, the history of the Civil Rights movement was real and present. Yet even there, it felt like history. Sure, we knew there were "rednecks" who still spoke vile words, yet the only time anyone ever yelled "Kike" at me was walking to shul with a large group of […]