Entries by CAI Rabbi

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 […]

Vows and Oaths–the Israeli Dream edition

Note: These were my notes for Parshat Mattot-Maasei.  The spoken version rarely coincides with what I wrote, but it should give you an idea of my thought process! וַיְדַבֵּ֤ר מֹשֶׁה֙ אֶל־רָאשֵׁ֣י הַמַּטּ֔וֹת לִבְנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לֵאמֹ֑ר זֶ֣ה הַדָּבָ֔ר אֲשֶׁ֖ר צִוָּ֥ה Hashem׃ Moses spoke to the heads of the Israelite tribes, saying: This is what the LORD […]

As close to us as breathing…

Life is not just ritual. Religion is not only prayer. In order to be connected to our heritage, we must look beyond our four walls. Once a month we read a book. Sometimes they are Jewish authors. Sometimes Jewish content. Sometimes they just strike our fancy and inspire interesting conversation. This month we explored love, […]