Reconciliation – Yom Kippur 5778

Yom Kippur is all about Receiving Torah

You may recall a pivotal incident from our Tradition. It’s most clearly visualized in Cecil B DeMille’s, “The 10 Commandments”. I’ll set the scene for you. At God’s inspiration and command, our ancestors are raised out of slavery by Moses. They are led and brought through the red Read More

Taking Care of the Wheat – Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778

There was once a farmer who had three children. Before she went on a long journey, the farmer called to her children to speak with them. “While I’m away”, she said, “I’m entrusting each of you with a third of the wheat harvest we have taken in. The one who can best care for the Read More

Forgiveness – Rosh Hashanah Day 2 5778

Decades ago the Nazi hunter and author Simon Wiesenthal wrote The Sunflower. It’s a scenario of an S.S. officer on his deathbed begging for forgiveness from a Holocaust victim. The officer was sincere in his regret, but the victim could only offer him silence. Weisenthal ponders, “…Ought I to have forgiven him?

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Making an Apology – Rosh Hashanah Day 1 5778

As you may know, Tamar and I have been blessed with two young and rambunctious boys. We’re at a stage now where both of them have their own distinct personalities and habits. More often than not they are getting in the way of one another. Someone is either playing with someone else’s toys, or pushing Read More

Letter to POTUS – Yom Kippur 5777 – Rabbi Noam Raucher

I’ll be honest, I’m not really focused on election day. What I’m thinking about it is: the day after the election when someone calls the former candidate, “President” for the first time. When they actually get to preside over the country, our lives, and our children’s future. I’m curious, what wisdom from their lived experience Read More