Rabbi Goldberg’s Rosh Hashanah Sermon – Keep the Conversation Going

A story: There once lived a king much beloved by his subjects. He ruled a little kingdom tucked away in a corner of Europe.

One day an army came and overran the castle, making off with half the treasury. The king decided he had to increase taxes to make up for his losses, and called in one of his wise courtiers to ask how to tell the people the news without inciting a revolt.

What Might We Lose from a Failure of Nerve? Iran, Israel and the Bomb

The Talmud (BT Gittin 55b-56a) records a fascinating but very relevant debate between the Rabbinic leaders and Rabbi Zechaiah b. Abkulas. It occurred in 66 BCE when Judea was under Roman control. Bar Kamza, a Jew, felt slighted by Judea’s Rabbinic and political leadership and was determined to avenge this insult. He thus informed Emperor Nero that the Jews were not loyal subjects and as proof he proposed that Nero send a calf to be sacrificed as a gift offering in the Temple. Bar Kamza delivered the calf but not before he had made a slight cut on its lip that the Jews regarded as a blemish but not the Romans.

The Tikkun Middot Project

Temple Sholom has been awarded a grant to integrate the study of Tikkun Middot, also known as Mussar, into our congregation. This ancient Jewish spiritual practice facilitates the mindful exploration and deep cultivation of “soul traits” such as humility, patience, and kindness.

Everything Changes – Cantor Katzman’s Yom Kippur Sermon

“Last May, I celebrated my own 60th birthday. Something stirred in me. I hadn’t felt such a yearning since I was a teenager. The voice in my head said, “L’chi lach! Go and learn something new. Go exploring while you can.” The voice becomes more insistent when my friends describe their exotic travels, enroll in a class on a totally unfamiliar topic, or embark on a new vocation.” Read more from Cantor Katzman’s Yizkor Sermon.

Pesach Blog: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Buy a New Haggadah – Reprinted from Ravblog.org


My history with haggadot is probably typical but certainly multi-layered. I grew up with the venerable Union Haggadah. In rabbinical school I was exposed to its successor, the “Baskin” Haggadah. I then worked for an HUC administrator in researching various haggadot. Even in the mid-eighties there were countless varieties, including one for vegans: The Haggadah for the Liberated Lamb. Around this time David Moss was previewing his soon-to-be famous haggadah, Song of David. I joked to my fiancée that she could have that instead of an engagement ring. She took me seriously and we use the haggadah (alas, only one copy) every year.