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Our Farewell to Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman

How do you say good-bye to the rabbi who has been your leader, mentor, and friend for 26 years? There’s no perfect way, but you do your best. In Union Temple that means gathering the whole mishpucha — friends and family of Rabbi Goodman, the congregation, and the cantors we sang with throughout the years…Read on →

The Commandment to Love the Stranger

We have a double Torah portion this week, Acharei Mot–Kedoshim. We in the Reform Movement know Kedoshim particularly well, because in addition to this appearance in the calendrical cycle, it is our Torah reading for the afternoon of Yom Kippur. Kedoshim tihyu, ki kadosh ani Adonai Eloheichem… You shall be holy, for I your Eternal God am holy. So it…Read on →

The Miracle Within the Miracle

Next Wednesday night and Thursday we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of independence of the State of Israel. For the Jewish people, the establishment of the state was a modern miracle. And, even while dealing with serious internal and international problems, like any modern nation, Israel’s life continues to be miraculous. For my commentary this…Read on →