If we want to have credibility when we criticize, we must be willing to praise, when warranted.
September 16, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
A very noteworthy incident took place last weekend, though it was significantly overshadowed by the 10th anniversary of 9/11. An angry mob attacked the Israeli embassy in Cairo, breached the security wall, and advanced on six Israeli diplomats with one goal in mind. The Israelis barricaded themselves in a room with only one locked door […]
What do you do?
September 9, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
A few summers ago, I had the pleasure of attending a wedding in which the only people I knew were the family of the bride. At the meal, I found myself sitting at a table of people I had never met. In an attempt to be friendly to the man seated next to me, I […]
Learning is a Lifelong Endeavor and its Mission is Never Complete
September 6, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
Parents have let out a collective sigh of relief. The new academic year has started and, thank God, the kids are back in school. It is amazing that, at the end of the school year, parents are so grateful to have a reprieve from supervising homework, making lunches and driving carpools. By the end of […]
This is going to be the best year ever.
August 26, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
Maybe it’s a coincidence, but I hope it is much more than that. I sat down to write my weekly “From the Rabbis Desk,” but procrastinated for a moment to see what Rabbi Broide wrote about in his outreach column. Low and behold the same thing is on both of our minds and likely on […]
BRS is not just a Shul, it is a community
August 19, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
As we often say, BRS is not just a Shul, it is a community. Our goal is to cultivate a culture in which people don’t feel I am a member of BRS, but rather, I am a member of the BRS community. What is the difference between being a Shul and being a community? […]
There is the loss of our innocence, replaced by feelings of fear and dread?
August 12, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
Two recent horrific tragedies, the murders of Leiby Kletzky and Rabbi Elazar Abuchatzeira, continue to devastate the Jewish community. Many of us are filled with questions, not only about how this could happen to the victims, but about the identity of the perpetrators themselves. It is hard to remember a time in which a so […]
Wouldn’t it be great, if we could realize our mutual commitments to one another by bringing our entire BRS family on aliyah.
July 29, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
As my family’s summer vacation winds down there are two transitions we must face, one much more difficult than the other. Firstly, we are heading back to real life including work, obligations, responsibilities, etc. This adjustment pales in comparison to the second change, namely leaving Eretz Yisroel, our people’s beloved and precious homeland, the holiest […]
Our goal was to communicate that a synagogue in Florida has not stopped thinking of Gilad and his plight.
July 22, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
We live in a sound bite, news junkie generation in which we are constantly bombarded with information and updates. The positive of this culture is our access to current events in real time and our acute awareness of happenings around the world as they unfold. The negative of the short news cycle generation is how […]
All we can do is hug our children a little tighter.
July 15, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
The tragic murder of Leiby Kletzky has left all of us filled with questions, doubt and intense grief and sadness. A beautiful, innocent, sweet 8 year old boy was abducted and gruesomely murdered. As the facts emerge, too graphic and horrific to mention in this public space, I can’t comprehend how the Kletzkys, Leiby’s parents, […]
It’s not too late to get ready.
September 24, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi 0 Comments
On Thursday morning, together with close to 900 others Rabbis from across denominations, I participated in a pre-Rosh Hashana conference call with the President. As the operator of the call made introductory remarks, I was reminded of a great insight my colleague and good friend, Rabbi Gibber shared with me following last year’s call of […]