Category: Rabbi’s Blog


Yom Kippur Day – Tikkun Olam begins with Tikkun Ha’nefesh

This is NOT a sermon about politics. Last year on November 9th, I woke up early from a restless night’s sleep and immediately ran to my computer to check the results of the previous night’s presidential elections. My email reaction…

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Kol Nidrei: Israel

On July 14th this year, Jason Shames, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, sent the following note: “Dear Friends, As many of you know, I am not a fan of former Pink Floyd bassist and front…

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2nd Day Rosh Ha’Shana: Reform Judaism

Boker tov, and again, Shana Tovah! As some of you may already know, in June I was accepted as a member into the Central Conference of American Rabbis, or in short – the CCAR, which is the Reform Movement’s Rabbinic…

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Rosh Ha’shana Day 1: Hayom Harat Olam & Chana’s Loss

Boker tov and Shana Tovah! We are about to engage in a very powerful climatic moment in the High Holidays, lishmoa kol shofar, the mitzvah of listening to the Shofar. Hearing the blasts of Shofar each year takes me to…

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Setting & Achieving Goals, Erev Rosha’sh

Rosh Ha’Shana Evening: Year Summary, Setting and Achieving Goals Sermon

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Rabbi Meeka’s Note on Charlottesville

From the Rabbi’s Blog…

“Our world is imperfect, and so we respond with hope.
Our world is full of darkness, and so we respond with light”
– Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesne

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Welcome to Our Website!

From the Rabbi’s Blog…

So very exciting to post my first blog-post on our new website!

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Mother’s Day Wishes

From the Rabbi’s Blog…

Every year, during the happy celebration of Mother’s Day in our country, many of us get to feel bittersweet emotions, hesitant to address the difficulties of this day…

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How Do We Say “Graduation” in Hebrew?

From the Rabbi’s Blog…

In 2004, I finally stood proudly on the stage of San Jose State University to accept my Cum Laude Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Very few people knew this was my first experience with such a wonderfully orchestrated, official, yet emotional (and long!) ceremony. Here is a “shocker:” As an Israeli, I never had experienced an American-style “Graduation,” and I honestly didn’t know what to expect…

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Feasting and Silly-Making

In Megilat Esther (scroll of Ester), we read that Purim is a time for “feasting and silly-making,” as well as sending baskets of food (mish’lo’ach m’anot). In addition to reading the whole M’gillah, we are to dress in costumes, poke…

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