Bo – With Ometz Lev

This week’s Parasha, Bo, comes at the right time. It speaks in the beginning section about confronting the Pharaoh. We know that Moses was a reluctant prophet, he saw himself as impaired, not capable of big time advocacy work. We know that his older brother...

Parashat Vayishlach: Wrestling with Regret

In this week’s parasha we encounter Jacob returning to the land. He had run away from home for decades due to his actions as a teenager. He had basically swindled his brother by switching the birthright and then deceived his father to give him the powerful blessing that was meant for Esau. This made Esau so mad he threatened to kill him so that is why Jacob ran away.

Rosh Hashana Morning 2013

Guilt and Shame and the Search for Authenticity Well, I have some really good news to share on this most sacred day of the New Year. Guilt … is good. Guilt is just fine. Everywhere people strive to become better human beings helped by the signals they get from a...

Yom Kippur 2013: Grace Y2K 5774

Perhaps you’ve heard this variation on the emergency broadcast system: We interrupt this programming to bring you a special message. This life is a test. It is only a test. Had it been an actual life you would have been told where to go and what to do. Last week, as...

Kol Nidrei 2013: The One Thing

I have been thinking about the film City Slickers. It’s a funny movie. It sprinkles in hefty doses of wisdom and insight just when you don’t expect it. The plot goes like this. A New York City salesman named Mitch, played by Billy Crystal takes a...