Author of "Embracing Auschwitz" and "Mensch•Marks: Life Lessons of a Human Rabbi - Wisdom for Untethered Times." Winner of the Rockower Award, the highest honor in Jewish journalism and 2019 Religion News Association Award for Excellence in Commentary. Musings of a rabbi, journalist, father, husband, poodle-owner, Red Sox fan and self-proclaimed mensch, taken from essays, columns, sermons and thin air. Writes regularly in the New York Jewish Week and Times of Israel.
I'm pleased to share with you that video of my Yom Kippur sermons has now been posted for easy access on YouTube. The sermons, "A Whale of a Tale" and "A Default on Forgiveness." can be accessed with text and audio by clicking here.Or click below to just watch them. By all means, feel free to share!
Kol Nidre Yom Kippur Day
The Sukkot festival begins at sunset this evening. A reminder that the first two days of the festival are full holidays, so our office will be closed and routine email, phone and social media communications from us will take a break. But of course, lots will still be happening over the next couple of days, including Zoom services at 10 (I'll be Zooming from our Sukkah, with lulav in hand) and our in-person Blessing of the Animals on Wed at 4 in the TBE Sukkah, weather permitting. Since we will not be able to send out notices for that event during the festival, if it is raining on Wed afternoon, you can assume that the Blessing of the Animals will be postponed.
Rabbi Ginsburg will be speaking at services on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, I'll be discussing "Not Your Grandmother's Sukkah." Sukkot is a holiday that begs us to get outside and interact with the environment - it's the original Jewish "Outward Bound."You can preview the materials here.And while we are at it, check out this tiny periscopic sukkah.
Yom Kippur has passed, but I wanted to share a very powerful short film, which connects to the theme of forgiveness:Forgiveness 5782, by Aaron Samuelsand produced by Reboot in partnership with Hillel International. This piece addresses the Jewish community’s collective atonement journey as we grapple with the pandemic of COVID-19 and the pandemic of racism that were each intertwined and hyper-present in the years 5780 and 5781. Accompanying the short film, Hillel has developed an educational toolkitto provide a framework for reflecting on the piece.