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Darkness (Bo)

Posted on February 15, 2017

When I was young and lived in the Old City in Jerusalem, our family was in a big apartment. My room was across what seemed like an impossibly long and dark hallway to the kitchen, where I imagined my parents always were. I don’t remember much else about the apartment but I remember the hallway Continue Reading »

“How Good and Pleasant It is for Brethren to Dwell Together in Unity” (Toldot 5777)

Posted on December 3, 2016

“How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” –  Parashat Toldot 5777 The story of two brothers struggling. One of the oldest stories in the world. From the womb itself. The elder came out red, and the younger holding onto to his heel. In the stomach of their mother they Continue Reading »

“Coping with the State of the World” (Rosh Hashanah 5777)

Posted on October 3, 2016

Teshuva, Tefillah utzeddakh – maavirin et roah ha gzeira. Repentance, Prayer, and charity lessen the severity, the evil of the decree. The line that is at the center of all of the High Holidays. But what is the evil decree? In this year, I don’t think it has been hard to see what was the Continue Reading »

“Religion is about walking” (Bechukotai 5776)

Posted on June 4, 2016

When I was young, the most powerful religious memories for me were of our Friday night ritual before dinner. Of the singing we did. Of the special feeling, the holiness of Shabbat, that we created. We had our own way of doing it in our house. And I was convinced it was the very best and only Continue Reading »

“The day after revelation” (Mishpatim 5776)

Posted on February 6, 2016

It’s the day after. What do you do? We’ve just had this great amazing experience at Sinai, earthquake, lightning, God spoke to us. We’ve had a mass revelation, a moment of incredible enlightenment, but what is the next step? Now that the mountain is calm again, the skies are clear, the horn silent. What are Continue Reading »

“God is everywhere” (Vayeshev 5775)

Posted on December 5, 2015

One of the joys and highlights of my week is that every Friday, I read a story to the pre-schoolers as part of their Shabbat service. They are lovely kids! One Friday, about a month ago, my story was called ‘God is everywhere’. God is in the sun and God is in the moon. God Continue Reading »

“The Cycle of Life” (Chayei Sarah 5776)

Posted on November 7, 2015

A few weeks ago, I travelled to Canada to visit my 94 year old grandfather who has been very ill. He had a stroke 30 years ago, and his condition has worsened over the past year – he has gone into palliative care numerous times. When I arrived with my wife Rachel, he welcomed us Continue Reading »

“The golden hills of Zion” (Lekh Lekha 5776)

Posted on October 24, 2015

In these past weeks, Israel has been on our hearts and minds. In the face of the never ending conflict, and of the depression of seeing our neighbors seeking out to harm us with every mean possible, it’s hard not to feel despair and hopelessness. Conflict has rattled our country since it was created 66 years ago, Continue Reading »

Rabbi Glick’s Yom Kippur Sermon 5776

Posted on October 1, 2015

“Our origin is dust and our end is dust. At the hazard of our life we earn our bread. We are like a fragile vessel, like the grass that withers, the flower that fades, the shadow that passes, the cloud that vanishes, the wind that blows, the dust that floats, the dream that flies away. Continue Reading »

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Rabbi's Blog

Darkness (Bo)

Posted on February 15, 2017

When I was young and lived in the Old City in Jerusalem, our family was in a big apartment. My room was across what seemed like an impossibly long and dark hallway to the kitchen, where I imagined my parents always were. I don’t remember much else about the apartment but I remember the hallway Continue Reading »

“How Good and Pleasant It is for Brethren to Dwell Together in Unity” (Toldot 5777)

Posted on December 3, 2016

“How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” –  Parashat Toldot 5777 The story of two brothers struggling. One of the oldest stories in the world. From the womb itself. The elder came out red, and the younger holding onto to his heel. In the stomach of their mother they Continue Reading »

“Coping with the State of the World” (Rosh Hashanah 5777)

Posted on October 3, 2016

Teshuva, Tefillah utzeddakh – maavirin et roah ha gzeira. Repentance, Prayer, and charity lessen the severity, the evil of the decree. The line that is at the center of all of the High Holidays. But what is the evil decree? In this year, I don’t think it has been hard to see what was the Continue Reading »

“Religion is about walking” (Bechukotai 5776)

Posted on June 4, 2016

When I was young, the most powerful religious memories for me were of our Friday night ritual before dinner. Of the singing we did. Of the special feeling, the holiness of Shabbat, that we created. We had our own way of doing it in our house. And I was convinced it was the very best and only Continue Reading »

“The day after revelation” (Mishpatim 5776)

Posted on February 6, 2016

It’s the day after. What do you do? We’ve just had this great amazing experience at Sinai, earthquake, lightning, God spoke to us. We’ve had a mass revelation, a moment of incredible enlightenment, but what is the next step? Now that the mountain is calm again, the skies are clear, the horn silent. What are Continue Reading »

“God is everywhere” (Vayeshev 5775)

Posted on December 5, 2015

One of the joys and highlights of my week is that every Friday, I read a story to the pre-schoolers as part of their Shabbat service. They are lovely kids! One Friday, about a month ago, my story was called ‘God is everywhere’. God is in the sun and God is in the moon. God Continue Reading »

“The Cycle of Life” (Chayei Sarah 5776)

Posted on November 7, 2015

A few weeks ago, I travelled to Canada to visit my 94 year old grandfather who has been very ill. He had a stroke 30 years ago, and his condition has worsened over the past year – he has gone into palliative care numerous times. When I arrived with my wife Rachel, he welcomed us Continue Reading »

“The golden hills of Zion” (Lekh Lekha 5776)

Posted on October 24, 2015

In these past weeks, Israel has been on our hearts and minds. In the face of the never ending conflict, and of the depression of seeing our neighbors seeking out to harm us with every mean possible, it’s hard not to feel despair and hopelessness. Conflict has rattled our country since it was created 66 years ago, Continue Reading »

Rabbi Glick’s Yom Kippur Sermon 5776

Posted on October 1, 2015

“Our origin is dust and our end is dust. At the hazard of our life we earn our bread. We are like a fragile vessel, like the grass that withers, the flower that fades, the shadow that passes, the cloud that vanishes, the wind that blows, the dust that floats, the dream that flies away. Continue Reading »

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