Sukkot – Unity: An upside to the pandemic

Sukkot – Unity: An upside to the pandemic

We are evolved, sophisticated, forward-thinking twenty-first century modern men and women. We have walked on the moon, we have cured diseases, and we are exploring the universe in outer space and at the quantum level. We are the most advanced specimens our species has...
Parashat Ha’Azinu – A time to take stock of our blessings

Parashat Ha’Azinu – A time to take stock of our blessings

As the Aseret Yemei Teshuva come to a close, for most of us, they have felt quite different from almost every other year. Instead of feeling immersed in introspection and anticipation, our time is spent watching the daily tally of new COVID cases rise, watching yellow...
Rosh Hashana – Moving the needle a bit each day

Rosh Hashana – Moving the needle a bit each day

Every family has stories that get magnified over time and eventually become family lore. In my family, the story of my grandparents’ engagement and marriage is that type of story. Both families lived in Transylvania, and in the midst of the craziness overtaking Europe...
Parashat Ki Tavo – New beginnings present an opportunity

Parashat Ki Tavo – New beginnings present an opportunity

On my third trip back into the house to retrieve a forgotten item on the first day of school this year, the anxiety of the morning rush was mounting. Mask? Check! Wait, did you pack extra ones? No. Go back and get them. Start the car. Wait mom, I left the package of...
Parashat Shelach – Be a leader, not a follower

Parashat Shelach – Be a leader, not a follower

I would like to dedicate this Dvar Torah to all our graduates of the Senior Class of 2020. As you make your way into the world beyond the four walls of Hebrew Academy, may you all make good choices and reap the rewards they entail. If you grew up in the same era as I...
Parashat Behaalotecha – The menorah: symbol of our neshama

Parashat Behaalotecha – The menorah: symbol of our neshama

Our school year is rapidly coming to a close, finishing off in a way that none of us could ever have imagined back in August. But just as most of us are winding down and getting ready to breathe a sigh of relief, log off Zoom and possibly set up that backyard pool...
Parashat Naso – We were never meant to be the same

Parashat Naso – We were never meant to be the same

Classical music has always fascinated me. During my ten or so years of piano lessons, it never ceased to amaze me how composers could take eighty eight keys and bring forth music. Not so simple. I know, I have tried. Each key, each note makes a nice enough sound on...
Parashat Bamidbar – Rain’s formidable power

Parashat Bamidbar – Rain’s formidable power

Years ago, on Shavuot, our family was hosting some friends for the lunchtime meal. While awaiting the requisite cheesecake, the kids perched themselves on the sofa to watch the spectacular display: the rain was coming down in sheets, water was coursing down the street...