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

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

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

Hatzar Ha/Mavet – The Courtyard of the Dead. – YK 2016 – 5777 – Rabbi Noam Raucher

In 2005 I entered rabbinical school at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Bel Air. Immediately my class built friendships and lifelong bonds with one another. Along the way one of our classmates, Joel Shickman, was diagnosed with Luekemia at the age of 37.

Despite all our efforts, love and organizing, Joel lost his Read More